As summer starts into full swing, Keep It A Safe Summer helps families have fun

As summer kicks off, the annual Keep It A Safe Summer event teaches kids how to have responsible fun.

The free event was not just for kids, but their parents as well, as individuals grabbed Fanestil hot dogs and free bike helmets. Emporia Community Foundation Program Officer, Loni Heinen, says giving kids helmets and teaching them to use them is particularly important to keep them safe.

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Hosted at the Anderson Building at the Lyon County Fairgrounds, the event is designed to give parents ideas for summer activities to do with their kids, as well as be a night of fun activities. Closing with a 2K and 5K, kids and parents started their summer with a healthy walk. Organizer Rhonda Gordon, hopes everyone had a good time and will support them at Match Day 2017.

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Keep It A Safe Summer 2017 was funded by the Emporia Community Foundation as part of Match Day 2016. Waters True Value, Fanstil's Meats, Fraternal Order of Eagles, all made major finical donations, among others.  Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Lyon County County Master Gardeners , Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Emporia Police Department, and Emporia's Fire Department were all present volunteering as cooks and teaching kids about safety.