Having summer fun, play

Children play human foosball during Montgomery County’s Youth Day held on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

FONDA — Youth within the community had a fun and educational filled day at Montgomery County’s Youth Day on Wednesday.

The county annex building was filled with hundreds of children participating in the activities that Youth Day had, and about 80 volunteers helped with the event.

“An important part of this event is it’s not only a fun day for the kids,” said Brenda Rava, Youth Bureau director. “I also put in a little educational spin on it with our volunteer fire departments, our police departments are here.”

The free event included karaoke, an inflatable wrecking ball, goliath obstacle course, inflatable jousting competition, sno-cones, inflatable slides, scavenger hunt, bounce houses, face painting, a dairy exhibit, fun on the ball field, popcorn, human foosball and bubble ball soccer.

There were also demonstrations and exhibits by the police departments, sheriff’s office, ambulance corps, Montgomery County Emergency Management, volunteer fire departments, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation LifeNet and several other vendors.

“I think it’s important to instill in our youth that sense of volunteering and giving back to the community,” Rava said. “They’re learning a little bit about the Amsterdam Police Department explorers group which is a youth organized group. I think that it’s very important for them to learn about those kinds of things that go on in the community.”

Rava said the Youth Bureau also celebrated its 40th anniversary.

“The Youth Bureau is important because we’re here to advocate for the youth in our community, making sure there is safe recreational activities for them,” she said.

By Patricia Older

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