Increased Attendance during Kids Day at Big Fresno Fair

October 4, 2008 1:08:44 AM PDT
Fair officials say the number of little guys that came through their gates Thursday, "Kids Day," increased from last year.Almost 5,000 Fresno elementary students filled the fair with laughter and fascination. Where else in the Valley can a child learn about natural history, shoot lazer guns and lasso a bull? Alexus from McKinley elementary was practicing her sharp shooting. "I've hit a skunk and a sheep," she said.

Many kids along with their chaperones explored modern marvels of the Central Valley.

"They've learned a lot at school about how raisins are made and how it's processed and the grapes and fruits and vegetables," said Caesar Asmis, Sr. ... And how they get from farms to their own dinner table.

Second grader Hayden said: "I get to look at the cotton and I get to look at the dried raisins and I get to be on TV."

Despite all the fun 4,800 kids had Thursday only two got lost. They were sent to the Gingerbread house to be claimed. A couple Senior citizens got lost as well.

3 Year old Jackson got lost somewhere else ... in a playpen full of corn.

Faylene Mason from Clovis said: "He is having a ball with this. Machinery, scooping and the corn is really fun!"

The bigger kids had a chance to pan for gold. Fair officials said these new activities and others most likely helped increase attendance this year by over 300 students.

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