The Coshocton County Beacon September 19, 2018 - Page 27

THE BEACON 27 www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com Being frank about fatherhood: Fair time for kids and dads COSHOCTON - Cool mornings, crisp air, leaves falling, Friday night football and school has begun. For Coshocton County, this means the Coshocton County Fair is just around the corner! Th e sights, sounds, tastes, and smells all come back once you pass through the gates on Seventh Street, and kids of all ages have memories of what they look forward to once inside. Whether it is rides and games, tractors and trucks, animals at a show, food or displays of talent, each entrant through the gates has specifi c memories that come back each year when we see the fl urry of activity leading up to opening day. As a parent, Dads can help to shape these moments, but the most important memory for a child can be spending time with Dad. Just as exhibitors and participants at the fair have been making preparations for days, weeks, months, and even years in some cases, it can also be important to plan how you might spend time with your children at such a magnifi cent event. It can also be an op- portunity for the children to meet or see friends and family that maybe have been off the radar since the last large event! Dads can talk with their kids for weeks leading up to the fair, and fi nd out what specifi c activities they look forward to as they plan to spend time together. While it may be ok to let kids spend some time with friends, it should be structured and separate from the special day with Dad, to let your children know they are im- portant and the time together is special. Talk about your memories of the fair and what you enjoy, but also listen and learn from what the children are interested in seeing and doing. Plan a route and times for events which helps keep the day on track, and cover as much ground as possible. Arriving early may be a good option if possible, so ride distractions are not yet present. After rides open, try to have a set time and number of rides to enjoy, but also let the kids know there is other areas to explore and see. Th is can also let each child know individual input was import- ant for the planning of the day. Since cost is often a concern, plan to get the best out of your dollar, which might include bringing an apple for a snack, sandwiches for lunch, or a couple bottles of water for washing down that elephant ear! Remember many local clubs and service organizations have reasonably priced food, and this can help your route planning and daily activities depend- ing on the location of such vendors. Ice cream from the dairy barn or a sandwich from the 4-H Clubs in Hunter Arena lets you explore the shows and work that goes into the animal projects. A walk through the art hall and school building can be areas to gain lots of dis- cussion about “why did that picture get a blue ribbon?” and “what is your favorite school display and why?” Let the kids fi nd their school and ask whether they know any students that have projects – or if they have an item on display. Commer- cial buildings often have educational areas and some handouts or learning guides that can be used after the fair to learn about safety, local resources, and nature. Certainly don’t forget to walk through the barn with pumpkins, garden products, apples and local Grange dis- plays. Trains and tractors can also be fun to explore; be sure look at the new cars and trucks from the local dealers. If you have been able to brave the day and still have enough energy, cap the day with a grandstand event! Th e Coshocton County Fair Board books many popular events and does not charge extra fees to attend. Bring blankets and jackets, as the cool air usually sets in after dark. 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