By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Volunteers helping put on Saturday’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day were fairly close to the number of participants.
Coordinator Chris Tomky said 64 volunteers worked throughout the day attended by 80 youths age six to 13.
“We had so much help this year from teens,” Tomky said, including about 20 Imperial FFA members.
Many of those young volunteers chalked up community service hours as part of their Chase County School graduation requirement, she noted.
However, several volunteers were also recent CCS graduates who just wanted to help, she added.
Throughout the day-long event, youths went through 11 different sessions on topics including grain dangers, chemical and fire safety, tractor safety, water safety, electricity and more
At the “two-wheelers” session, youths reviewed bicycle safety including proper hand signals taught by Imperial Girl Scout members. All 80 youths received a bike helmet at this session from money in the Safety Day fund, Tomky said.
Also this year, Chase County Farm Bureau purchased a drunk driving simulator that was used for the older Ag Safety Day participants.
The simulator has a steering wheel, brakes and gas pedal that provide the user with normal conditions for driving, but then it switches to what it would be like if being operated by an impaired driver, Tomky said.
The simulator will stay with the Ag Safety Day equipment here, she said, but will be made available to other groups to borrow.
Kristi Ruth of Riverton, Wyo., returned to Ag Safety Day as the opening session speaker. She talked about a horse-riding accident she had that injured an eye, as well as how she lost part of her arm in a post-hole auger mishap.
The Progressive Ag Safety Day has been sponsored every other year by the Chase County All-Stars 4-H Club.
Tomky said she’s unsure if the Ag Safety Day will continue in future years here, but she plans to keep up her certification through the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.