The Great Adventure at Berrien County Fair

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

It may look like any semi trailer from the outside, but on the inside...

“Threes a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen, a living room,” Brook and Kaitlin Essig explain.

The pair is among a number of kids at the Berrien county fair who became safety rangers; finding and eliminating danger, as they made their way through, ‘The Great Safety Adventure.’

“Rather than having somebody stand up and lecture to them or preach to them or just reading it in a book they get to interact with the exhibit, and there is an element of magic to it,” Joe Straunghan explains how the tour teaches kids about home hazards.

The interactive tour allows kids to open up the door into a make-believe world, but they're learning about real life safety issues.

While touring Rover’s home, kids learned catchy phrases to help them remember what to do when a dangerous situation happens in their own home.

“Red rover, red rover, grown up come over. Whenever there’s something wrong,” young Lilyanna Schiller recites.

“Smoke goes up, and we go down,” the Essig sisters say.

Kids got some hands on experience for handling high pressure situations as well.

“They get to actually go through the scenario of seeing smoke and feeling the door and then having to crawl toward an exit,” Mike Essig, a parent, tells us.

Kids thought it was fun, and some parents thought it was a good refresher course for them too.

“It pointed out a lot of everyday hazards that we don’t often remember to tell them about,” Rebecca Gloe said of her tour with her granddaughter.

Tours will be given at the fair grounds every half an hour from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. while the fair lasts.

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