(Posted Aug. 19, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Every year, hundreds of children and adults flock to the Madison County Fairgrounds in London to see helicopters land, watch police dogs strut their stuff, and get inside looks at fire engines and other emergency equipment.
It’s all part of the annual Safety Expo hosted by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). This year’s event is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 24.
“There will be several exhibits to provide a fun, safe and interesting hands-on learning adventure for children to meet our local first responders and to practice safety lessons,” said Debbie Sims, EMA director.
Last year, approximately 850 people attended the expo. Everything is free, from admission to food.
Among the event’s features are K9 demonstrations, Touch-A-Truck displays, the state EMA’s safe room display, fire safety demonstrations, COSI Science Spots, and landings by medical emergency helicopters.
The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails, with assistance from law enforcement representatives, will run a bike rodeo. Children are invited to ride bikes through the different stations to learn about bicycle safety. Children who don’t already have a bike helmet will receive one.
Health and emergency response agencies will provide information on seatbelt safety, mental health, peer pressure, bullying and other safety topics.
At 10:30 a.m., a bench at the fairgrounds will be dedicated to the memory of Bradley J. Haynes of London, a firefighter and paramedic who died in a helicopter accident on Jan. 29 of this year.
The expo also includes bouncy houses, balloon sculptures, face painting and caricatures. Additionally, visitors can enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwursts, chips, pop, and an ice cream social.
Visitors are asked to use the Garfield Avenue entrance to the fairgrounds. The event will go on, rain or shine. For more information, call Madison County EMA at (740) 852-4200.