All dressed up for Tips & Treats

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(Posted Oct. 25, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Pint-sized witches, princesses, dragons and superheroes swarmed London’s Cowling Park on Oct. 24 for the 4th Annual Tips & Treats. Sponsored by the Madison County Health Care Providers Association, the event featured craft activities and healthy treats for kids and health and safety information for parents and caregivers.

Wearing a hat she got from the London Fire Department, Alexa Breeden, 6, uses pedal power to mix up pumpkin dip. Frances Nicol (left) Madison County OSU Extension educator for 4-H youth development, offers encouragement. The dip was served with apples, wheat crackers and graham crackers. The Blender Bike is sponsored by the Madison County commissioners, Family and Children Services, Madison County Public Health, and Madison County 4-H. It is featured at community events to encourage healthy eating and exercise.
‘Round and ‘round goes the prize wheel. Watching closely at the front of the table are sisters Kamryn Smith-Merz (left), 8, and Bailey Brady (9), who came dressed as “dark Cleopatra” and “regular Cleopatra.” Amanda Whited (far left) manned the wheel for the Miami Valley Child Development Center, Madison County’s Head Start provider. The center gave out beach balls, bracelets,”sticky hands” and other fun gadgets.
Christina Throckmorton holds her little bear, Alexander, who is almost 1 year old, as costumed representatives of the Rocking Horse Community Health Center talk about the center’s services. The organization handed out water bottles, glow sticks, and general information about the flu.
James Muncy and his little pumpkin, Ty, 1 month old, check out the goodies at Tips & Treats.
Brian Scholl (left) and his son, Gabe, 10, dressed as a dragon, talk to London Police Officer Michael Combs and K-9 Unit Ygor. About two years ago, Gabe talked to Combs about police dogs for a 4-H project; Gabe went on to win a first-place ribbon for his project. Ygor had just joined the force at the time.
Rilynne Williamson, 6, stands patiently as Tiffany Manus, an Emergency Room nurse at Madison Health, paints a witch and the letter “R” on her face.
Madison County Children Services offered up an array of goodies, including popcorn, crayons, rulers, pens, sticky notes and brain-shaped stress squeezers. Checking out the spread are: (front row, from left) Raelynn Dearth, 5, dressed as a character from “Paw Patrol;” Bryson Harris, 7, Rocket from “Guardians of the Galaxy;” Christian Hutson, 8, football player; (back row) Madison Tompkins, 9, cheetah; and Gracen Oty, 10, as Alex from “Minecraft.” All are from London.

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