Wednesday, March 19, 2014
More than 700 people attended the 4th annual Health, Safety and Outdoor Fair at Seaside Elementary School to see and participate in a record-setting 70 exhibits and activities last week.
Fair participants were mostly students and family members, but friends and other community folks saw exhibits and stage performances in the school.
They also had a chance to shoot a bow and arrow, play football, examine boats and safety equipment and enjoy other activities outside.
The fair was sponsored by the Seaside Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) as a fundraising event, represented by Tammy Appleton, PTO vice president in cooperation with Elizabeth Selander, school principal, and her staff.
Event co-chair Christy Seagle and teacher representative Michele Arnold thanked the exhibitors and all those who helped in organizing the event.
“They are absolutely special,” Arnold said.
The Saint James High School Drill Team, led by Col Celluchi, performed early Thursday evening. There were many other activities and “lots of fun” as promised in fair advertising and promotion.
Zane Folk, age 11, did his spinning art while Luke Woodbury, age 10, watched.
Folk is the son of Crista and Mike Folk. Woodbury is the son of Anita Woodbury.
Folk said his favorite Lego action figure is Green Ninja.
Brittany VanSant represents Bricks4Kids.com, which features Lego bricks for learning, building and playing in school programs, birthday parties, camps and field trips.
Ruben Aguirre, age 5, enjoyed smashing a car provided by Coastal Collison with a sledge hammer. He is the son of Sue Donatelli and Jerry Kirk.
A total of $300 was raised by a $1 Smash a Car to help 5th Grade Class.
Anthony Goin, age 10, shot a bow on a target at Seaside Elementary.
He is the son of Jason and Jen Goin. Sandune Archery helped make this activity a safe, hands-on experience.
Inlet Medical representatives did blood pressure, vitals tests and sugar checks.
Other fair health exhibitors also did eye checks, Body Mass Index (BMI) body fat analysis by Priority Health, glucose and other screenings.
Fair attendees met Horry County Beach Patrol Police lifeguards inside along with Duke Brown, who has about 71 fifth graders from St. James and Seaside Elementary taking “junior lifeguard” self survival and rescue skills, CPR, First Aid and doing a water session in a pool.
These junior lifeguards meet Wednesdays at Seaside from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through April 9 at Seaside Elementary.
Parked outside were a squad car, boat and jet ski. Mark Bonner was exhibit’s host.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources had a fishing simulator outside and an information table inside.
Kids balanced on a surfboard.
There were exhibits by Village Surf Shop and Island Inspired girls surf gifts.
A Palmetto Havoc football player flew through the air as he unsuccessfully attempted to stop a youngster from running into the end zone.
This popular activity was coordinated by Christopher Johnson of Palmetto Havoc.
United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary featured a boat and a water safety training trailer home with videos and a robot named Coastie.
Kids could meet the Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Department mascot Spark the fire dog, try on helmets, saw the large No. 77 ladder truck, EMT truck, jackets and fire extinguishers. Other fair mascots included Splash from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Sharkee from Ripley’s Aquarium.
Making an appearance between live programs was Grand Strand Reporter Bob Juback, co-anchor for nightly news of WBTW Channel 13.
Cool batting techniques were exhibited by Diamond Wizard baseball.
Black River Outdoors shared a water snake with spectators walking by a mostly-live display.
Marine science specialists, including exhibit-host Jim Lee, showed stuffed critters and a DVD video for the SC Department of Natural Resources.