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Safety wristbands help keep kids safe at Summerfest

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 19:10:22-04

Some parents and guardians at Summerfest took an extra step to keep their kids safe at the festival Wednesday with safety wristbands, especially on Children's Fest Day.

Day seven at Summerfest was all about the kids. Families who entered the grounds between noon and 3:00 p.m. Wednesday got in for free.

As tens of thousands poured through the gates, it was easy to tell it was Children’s Fest Day. Just a short walk past the entrance, parents were greeted by volunteers urging child safety.

“I have him tagged in case something happens,” said grandmother Debbie Wanda. 

Wanda’s grandson Diego was one of the first kids to get safety wristbands on Children’s Fest Day. They list the child’s name, guardian, phone number and other important information. 

“If they become separated from you in the park, they will be brought to a safe place near the mid-gate and entertained while you can go to that gate and find your child,” said pediatrician Kevin Dahlman, MD.

Just last week, a 9-year-old boy got lost in the mix of the giant crowds. Police identified the boy and he was reunited with his family. 

“It would be the end of the world if I couldn’t find my kids,” said parent Mike Lutz.

With playgrounds and plenty of walking, it’s a scary thought for both kids and parents. Wanda said a minute stop at the volunteer booth was well worth the peace of mind.

“We want to make sure that doesn’t happen,” she said.

The free wristbands have been provided each day of the event.

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