Kiwanis Family Fun Day in the park

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  • Adelynn Miller and Evelynn Surman check out a stuffed bear, at the Kootenai Kiwanis Family Fun Day at Fireman’s Park in Libby last Saturday. (Ben Kibbey/The Western News)

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    Gavin Pape checks out the Libby Volunteer Fire Department’s Engine 30 at the Kootenai Kiwanis Family Fun Day at Fireman’s Park in Libby last Saturday. (Ben Kibbey/The Western News)

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    Dustina Deans with the Lincoln County Library talks with Caddis and Clover Karoglanian while Caddis works on a toilet paper roll bird feeder, at the Kootenai Kiwanis Family Fun Day at Fireman’s Park in Libby last Saturday. (Ben Kibbey/The Western News)

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    Shelby Smith, promoting the Lincoln County Junior Fair, poses among some of the many entries she has submitted over the past six years, at the Kootenai Kiwanis Family Fun Day at Fireman’s Park in Libby last Saturday. “I want to spread the fun and joy that I experience doing the fair with other kids,” Smith said. (Ben Kibbey/The Western News)

  • Adelynn Miller and Evelynn Surman check out a stuffed bear, at the Kootenai Kiwanis Family Fun Day at Fireman’s Park in Libby last Saturday. (Ben Kibbey/The Western News)

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    Gavin Pape checks out the Libby Volunteer Fire Department’s Engine 30 at the Kootenai Kiwanis Family Fun Day at Fireman’s Park in Libby last Saturday. (Ben Kibbey/The Western News)

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    Dustina Deans with the Lincoln County Library talks with Caddis and Clover Karoglanian while Caddis works on a toilet paper roll bird feeder, at the Kootenai Kiwanis Family Fun Day at Fireman’s Park in Libby last Saturday. (Ben Kibbey/The Western News)

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    Shelby Smith, promoting the Lincoln County Junior Fair, poses among some of the many entries she has submitted over the past six years, at the Kootenai Kiwanis Family Fun Day at Fireman’s Park in Libby last Saturday. “I want to spread the fun and joy that I experience doing the fair with other kids,” Smith said. (Ben Kibbey/The Western News)

Families and children who came out for the Kootenai Kiwanis Family Fun Day in the Park May 18 had a chance to learn and engage with a variety of activities.

Shelby Smith, who has entered a significant amount of work in the Lincoln County Junior Fair over the past six years, said that she brought out some examples of her submissions to try to encourage more children to participate.

Smith said that the number of children participating in the fair has been decreasing over the years.

“It’s a whole lot of fun, and it would be really sad to see it not happen every year,” she said.

Kim Annis, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Bear Specialist for Lincoln and Sanders County, came along with Rory Trimbo, MWP bear conflict technician, to educate about bears and being safe in Montana while still appreciating the beauty of the wildlife here.

“Most bears don’t work very hard for their food,” Annis said. They can eat just about anything, from grass and dandelions to the carcasses of animals that died over the winter. Even bird feeders can attract the attention of a bear, which will happily make a meal of the seeds.

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