Local youth will get the chance to meet local law enforcement and check out some real-life helicopters at the 13th annual Madison County Safety Expo this Saturday.
The free event is hosted by Madison County Emergency Medical District, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Madison County Fairgrounds.
Roger Roberts, director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, said about 500 people attend the expo. About 300 to 400 of them are youth.
“Every year it gets bigger and bigger,” Roberts said.
Emergency vehicles will be on site for local youth to explore, as well as LifeFlight and CareFlight helicopters. Firefighters and other law enforcement will also speak to attendees.
“It gives [the youth] a great chance to meet folks that are in the neighborhood,” Roberts said.
A blessing of badges ceremony will take place about 15 minutes before the event to honor first responders, Roberts said.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided for lunch, and an ice cream social will take place at 1 p.m. A bounce castle will also be set up for children.
“Every year we add some new things,” Roberts said.
Brandon Semler can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1615 or on Twitter @BrandonSemler.