Magic acts, crafts and shows, oh my! Children converge on fair for their special day

Bella Bauserman, 3, of Augusta, West Virginia, pulls the sticks out of the Kerplunk game during Children's Day at the Shenandoah County Fair on Tuesday. Shenandoah Community Fellowship sponsored a variety of games and crafts for children for the Tuesday event. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – While children spend the week having fun at the Shenandoah County Fair, Tuesday’s Children’s Day is really their day to shine at the fair.

Children’s Day had something for everybody, from bouncy houses and magic shows to crafts and a showing of the Disc-ConnectK9s. The one thing people look forward to the most is the activity tent sponsored by the Shenandoah Community Fellowship. At the tent, kids are able to take part in numerous activities, ranging from carnival games to face-painting.

Kim Hitt, who is one of the organizers of the tent, said she loves doing this every year at the fair and, for the kids, it’s not always about winning prizes.

“For them, it’s more about having fun at the games than winning the prize,” Hitt said.

Children took part in several other activities in the tent including ring-tosses, a dinosaur race, and a chance to paint on a mural, which Hitt said was a major highlight.

“Kids of all ages can go up and paint on the mural,” Hitt said. “Some kids go up and paint between the lines and others just paint for the sake of painting.”

Along with adult volunteers, pre-teens and teenagers are also able to help out with the activity tent. William Ferguson, 12, of Edinburg, said this his his third year and loved helping out at the tent.

“I love it,” Ferguson said. “I love volunteering for these kinds of things.”

Seven-year-old Silvia McCleary, of Woodstock, was a big fan of the face-painting, even getting her face painted with a tiara like her favorite superhero, Wonder Woman. Silvia also loved milking the cow and throwing plastic balls at cups.

“I like throwing things,” she said.

Silvia’s little brother Ryan also that game.

“I had a lot of fun,” Ryan said. “I knocked over five cups with five balls!”

Their grandmother, Belinda McCleary, loved the activities tent as well as seeing her grandchildren having fun.

“This is a wonderful thing for the kids,” she said.

Hitt noted that older kids also stop by the tent to have a little fun of their own.

“We sometimes have middle-schoolers come in and play the games too, which I find surprising,” Hitt said. “You never expect kids that age to plays games like this.”

The county fair runs through Saturday.