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Little Farmers Zone being added to commercial building

| September 28, 2017

COSHOCTON – The 2017 Coshocton County Fair will feature a new form of entertainment for families with young children.

Children 9 and under are invited to come enjoy the Little Farmers Zone in the small commercial building. The newly-created area is being sponsored by Jeff Drennen Dealerships, the Farm Bureau, and the fairboard in conjunction with OSU Extension and local FFA chapters.

Fairboard member Tom Roahrig said when you walk into the area you will find a comfort zone with seating. Parents will be able to watch their children on the rides right outside of the building, play in the Little Farmers Zone or simply just sit together to grab a bite to eat or rest. There will be pictures from the fair over the years, information on the Hot Air Balloon Festival and an area for the Warsaw Lions Club.

One of the planned activities for the Little Farmers Zone is a pool of shelled corn that children can dig for prizes in. The Farm Bureau will then let them know what they can purchase from different vendors who have been willing to make donations. Another activity being planned is a life size model of a cow that children can actually milk.

“We are also going to try different things like an obstacle course, stick horse races and Big Wheel races,” he said. “We want to change some things up daily.”

Another feature of the area will be an event of the day. Roahrig said there are plans to have an area manned by veterans, the senior center will come and do blood pressure checks, and a local girl who started a slime making business will set up one day in the Little Farmers Zone.

“We wanted to give visitors more options for kids and adults and make them feel safe,” Roahrig said. “It’s another family aspect we can add to the fair.”

There also is another way the fairboard has been working on safety.

“By the main gate, behind commercial building number one and by the animals we are planning on having cutouts of sheep, horses and pigs that we encourage parents to take pictures of their children by,” Roahrig said. “In the event that a family gets separated from their child we will be able to look at that picture and tell how tall the child is, exactly what they had on and then send out mass text messages to our vendors, the folks at the gates and the sheriff to watch for that child. We really want this to be a safe place to be.”

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    Josie Sellers

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    I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!