‘Shindig’ supports Kempton Community Center
The most interesting display at the May 21 Shindig at the Kempton Community Center was the posters and program booklets showing the many events held there over the years.
Many of the posters were for the Kempton Fair. There were also posters for Tommy Cash, Dottie West, Boxcar Willie and Willie Nelson, many of whom became national sensations as their careers crossed the country.
There were horse-show programs from 1963-75 and music programs, plus many community events that did not have posters or programs.
Todd Gladfelter brought his chain saw art to the Shindig.
He has been carving animals for eight years and was working on a raccoon on a log, but he also had animals seldom seen in the chain saw community such as a fox, chickens, blue heron and owls.
Gladfelter said he became good with a chain saw while building his own log house.
Each of the stands featured a donation jar to contribute to the playground.
All money raised will be used to support the community center.
There was a scavenger hunt where visitors marked off their visits to the booths with a star.
When all five were filled, they could be exchanged for tickets for scavenger hunt prizes.
Kempton Fire Company volunteer firefighters provided a rescue demonstration for the event.
They stabilized a vehicle with blocks behind the wheels and under the rocker panels so it could not move as they extricated a trapped passenger.
Equipment was spread on a tarp in a central staging area to be handy when needed. The vehicle’s battery was disconnected and doors and roof were removed.
Announcer Irwin Hamm said the hydraulic cutting tools do a good job.
He explained a torch can cut through guide rails but there is still no substitute for hand tools.
If air bags did not deploy during the accident, they have to be secured so they do not open during rescue activities.
Disconnecting the battery usually will prevent deployment of the air bags but the firefighters do not take chances.
Finally, the victim was extricated and carried to the awaiting MedEvac helicopter.
Flight Nurse James Kish was asked if they ever picked up victims with ropes.
He said that is for the military and police, not MedEvac.
Flight paramedic Lisa Mauger-Kulp, talking with Brenda King, answered questions about the front of the helicopter.
Also at the Shindig was a children’s section with Katrina Long in charge. There was corn to play in and marigolds to plant in cups and take home.
One father at the firefighters’ demonstration had his hands full of marigold cups. He said he was serving a purpose freeing up the kids so they could have fun.
Middle Earth Studios, Stony Run, performed an interactive play for the young and young at heart.