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D.A.R.E. puts on summer activities fair May 19

Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles


If you are looking for activities for your kids to do this summer, the Pickaway County D.A.R.E. Event and Summer Activities Fair is the event for you. In a community in which summer programming can seem limited at times, this fair hosted by the Pickaway County D.A.R.E. program will help change that perception.

On May 19, from noon-4 p.m., in the parking lot on Franklin Street behind the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, several organizations will be showcasing their summer programming for kids. From roller derby teams to churches, there will be plenty of opportunities for kids to find something fun to do while they are not in school. Music from D.J. Express and Tune Stone Productions as well as bounce houses and games will help add some additional fun and flare to this function. The Pickaway County Library will be hosting trivia and the first 600 kids 14 and under can get a free hot dog, bag of chips and a drink, courtesy of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #685.

Aside from the fair amusements, there is an opportunity for attendees to meet local law enforcement officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Circleville Police Department as well as see fire and EMT equipment from local fire departments. And of course, the D.A.R.E. Hummer and a police K9 Deputies will be there too for photo opportunities.

Organizations Include:

  • Community UMC
  • Crossroads Church
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Logan Elm Cheer Squad
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
  • Pickaway County Jr. Fair Board
  • Pickaway County Library
  • Pickaway County Welcome Center
  • PeeWee Football
  • Roundtown Roller Derby
  • Second Baptist Church
  • Vineyard Church of Circleville
  • And more…

While the event focuses on youth activities, there is plenty of entertainment for the entire family. All attendees can take part in a distracted driving simulator, learn how Dr. Kenneth Laux, battles addiction with acupuncture and give the dunk tank a shot to see if they can submerge Sheriff Robert Radcliff and Deputy Dale Thomas. Concessions such as tenderloin, hamburgers and Old Fashioned Fried Bologna sandwiches will be available for purchase.

The event coincides with National Police Week which this year started Sunday, May 13, and concludes Saturday, May 19. This memorial week has paid tribute to peace officers who have have died or have been disabled in the line of duty since 1962. While much of the event centers around a vigil held in Washington, DC, some establishments offer discounts and promotions. Locally, Roosters in Circleville and Chillicothe are offering police officers 50 percent off their meals when they show their badge.

Additional details about Saturday’s event can be found on Facebook by visiting “Pickaway County DARE Event and Summer Activities Fair.”

Kevin Douglas

Kevin Douglas is from northern Pickaway County and a 2007 graduate of Teays Valley High School. He completed his undergraduate studies in Communication at The Ohio State University in 2010.

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