With almost 1,200 children, parents and grandparents attending Blue Ribbon Kid’s Day on Saturday, April 7, at Parkside Middle School, committee members celebrated their 26th year hosting the family resource fair. Pictured are: Cynthia Loa, Whitney Golding, Joan Voigt, Marcia Riendeau, Angie Konieczki and Auttum Powell; (front row): Mary LaBlanc, Justine Riesterer and Jan Novak. Not pictured: Deb Premo.

Blue Ribbon Kid’s Day: A Great Day for Area Families

Nearly 1,200 children, parents and grandparents attended the 26th annual Blue Ribbon Kid’s Day, held on Saturday April 7, at Parkside Middle School in Wautoma.

This family fun and resource fair is coordinated by the Waushara County Department of Human Services Blue Ribbon Kid’s Day Committee. It is held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month and provides information and activities to inform and strengthen families.

The event includes family entertainment, hands on activities, and informational exhibits for parents and children. Jan Novak, Blue Ribbon Kid’s Day Committee Chair is pleased that this event is so well received.

“Blue Ribbon Kid’s Day is great for area families. It provides an opportunity for families to learn about area resources and enjoy free family fun, something our local families need,” Novak said. “The event’s success and longevity are testaments to incredible community support, program exhibitors and the volunteers who make it happen.”

The comedy duo of Miller & Mike entertained families with shows that included a little bit of magic, some incredible juggling, loads of silly antics and lots of laughs. Miller & Mike were sponsored by the Wautoma and Wild Rose Kiwanis Clubs.

More than 30 exhibitors offered information and interactive hands-on activities for families. Children made wax candles with Wisconsin’s State Honey Queen and Princess, learned about sugar content of everyday drinks with ThedaCare providers, painted patches for an ASTOP quilt, explored board games, robots and other services available at public libraries, planted seeds with the Master Gardeners and were encouraged to be active while exploring the Ice Age Trail with hand crafted hiking sticks they received at the exhibit.

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