Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – The Northwestern Wisconsin State Fair began Wednesday, but alongside all the games, rides and prizes, there’s the risk of losing track of children in big crowds.
While our News 18 crew was there Wednesday evening, at least one 4-year-old boy got separated from his parents and officials had to send messages over the loudspeaker.
Cassandra Stoeklen, owner of The Learning Tree Child Care Center in Eau Claire, suggests dressing your child in a bright colored shirt. If you’re watching multiple kids, to dress them in the same color so that the group can find each other easily.
If separated, Stoeklen says having a game plan beforehand on where to meet is the best way to stay safe. “It’s really important that you kind of designate an area to meet,” Stoeklen said. “Whether it’s the area you start out at, or a special area that you’ve been to before that your kids really like. Then that way you can have a place where if your kids do lose you, then they can have a place where ‘Okay, I’m going to go meet them there.'”
If your child is lost and there’s no specific meeting spot for them to go to, Stoeklen says to tell them to tell a police officer, security guard or someone in a fair badge or uniform. Workers at the fair are wearing bright yellow traffic vests, so it could help to make sure kids know that ahead of time.