Bluegrass Fair hosts special day for children

A chaperone with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club leads a group of children onto the midway at the Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair.

LEXINGTON-- Crowds poured through the gates as soon as they opened at 10 a.m Wednesday at Masterson Station Park. As many as 1,500 children were expected to take in the rides, feed the animals and sample the food at the 57th Annual Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair.

The groups, many in matching t-shirts, came from church groups, day camps and organizations that serve the underprivileged.

72 kids came came from the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.

The Lions Club offered deep discounts, knowing this would be the only way some children would ever get to experience a fair.

And some of the kids went round and round with Lexington police officers, who jumped onto rides to show children they're approachable and know how to have fun.

Officer Meredith Taylor said "We try to establish a working relationship with the community, coming out like this where there are kids who might not always have had good interaction with police in the past. So we come out here, have a good time, ride rides and show them we're human beings and here to help them."

Organizations that receive support from the Lions Club also used this as a day to share information. The American Diabetes Association connected families who could learn from each other's experiences.

Organizers wanted to be sure the children experienced all aspects of the fair, including the food. So all vendors were asked to offer some traditional items for just a dollar.

Volunteers say the only thanks they needed was the smiles that were in abundance.

8-year-old Story Jones said it best: "Thank you for building this fair and letting us come here. I will never forget this place."

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