"Safety Street" returns to the Clackamas County Fair this week (Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 13-18) -- offering everyone the opportunity to have fun while learning about safety.
Children and adults can talk to safety professionals and participate in interactive learning activities -- including the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office "Mik & Nero Detective Game" and "Fatal Vision Goggles" that simulate intoxication.
Among the events, guests and activities slated for the "Safety Street" booth on the Fairgrounds:
• Clackamas Safe Communities is back with "Safety Street" -- its highly popular driving course for children 8 years and under. The driving course will run from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. every day of the Fair.
In "Safety Street" -- a mainstay at the fair since 2005 -- young "drivers" are assigned pedal cars and drive on a simulated city street, accompanied by a parent or adult. Adults ask age-appropriate questions to the children as they “drive” past each station. The stations include traffic-safety messages about school zones, railroad crossings, and stop signs. Parents are encouraged to incorporate their own safety messages into the ride. Once children complete the course, they're issued a “Junior Drivers’ License."
• Also be sure to pick up the free "Mik & Nero" crime-prevention comics and activity books for kids, available at the Sheriff's Office booth throughout the Fair.
• On Tuesday (Aug. 13), "Children's Day," Think First will provide brain/sports-safety education and sell reduced-price helmets (while supplies last). Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will also be on hand until 3 p.m. with their "Safety Trailer," where children can practice safe evacuation. Staff from Secure Child will also offer free Child ID kits.
• On Wednesday (Aug. 14), "Senior Citizens Day," fire and medical professionals will provide free blood-pressure checks, and Think First will provide fall-prevention education for seniors.
• On Saturday (Aug, 17), Think First will once again provide brain/sports-safety education.
On-hand throughout the week will be representatives of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Safe Communities, the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and the Traffic Safety Commission (TSC).
For more information on the Clackamas County Fair, and a full schedule, click here.