Kids turn out for Auxiliary’s Fun Day

BREMEN — For 10-year-old Breighton Treesh, Saturday’s annual VFW Auxiliary Kids Fun Day was all about running and digging.
“I like the three-legged race and the penny scramble,” Breighton said.
Treesh, who will be a fifth-grader in the fall at Triton Elementary School, was one of about 20 children to take part in Kids Fun Day at VFW Post 8972 in Bremen.
The event is an outreach program organized by the the VFW Ladies Auxilliary.
With the penny scramble, kids dig through sawdust in a search for pennies. Each child gets a prize, like a Frisbee or plastic bats and balls, said Mary Town, a member of the VFW auxiliary and one of the organizers for Saturday’s event.
“With the penny scramble, you get to dig and dig and dig,” Breighton said. “And I like to dig.”
Bremen Fire Department’s truck, Ladder 10, was on hand, as well as members of the Bremen police reserve. Police officers took down the IDs of children in the event they become lost or are kidnapped. It was the first year members of either department were at Kids Fun Day.
Emily Reed of Bremen, who was babysitting Breighton and several other children at Kids Fun Day, said the group discovered the event by happenstance.
“We saw the firetruck and thought we’d stop and see what it was all about,” Reed said.
Marianne Loftus, VFW auxiliary junior vice president, said the day offered games for kids, including a Hula Hoop contest and sack race. There was bowling and children could draw on the pavement behind the VFW with sidewalk chalk, she said.
Sally Smith, former auxiliary president and one of the event organizers, said it’s the seventh year for the event.
Along with games and prizes, there were hotdogs, cookies and soft drinks for the children. Auxiliary members donated their time manning the event.
Smith said Mike’s Custom Painting in Bremen donated three kids bikes to be raffled. Josten’s and Precision Painting both donated funds for the event.