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Fair helps find children who get lost

Members of Civil Air Patrol volunteer their time
Lost Person Center at Colorado State Fair
Posted at 11:11 PM, Aug 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 13:23:03-04

PUEBLO — With so many families expected to visit the Colorado State Fair until September 2, those with the fair believe it is important to have a plan in place to help parents find children who may get lost.

Around 15 cadets from the Civil Air Patrol volunteer their time at the Lost Children Center at the fair. Those with the Lost Children Center said they find, on average, around three to five children every day. So far this year, they have not had to go find any children.

One of the cadets News 5 spoke with said he has been doing this for a handful of years, and once had to look for a three year old that had gone missing. "Under those circumstances it can be terrifying, because you don't know where they went, and you know, with all the people around you don't know what could have happened to them," said Nick DiTondo, a cadet from the Civil Air Patrol.

Those with the program said it is valuable experience for the cadets. "Searching for lost kids, it gives them experience when they go out into the field when we actually do a search and rescue mission," said Stephen Heffler of the Civil Air Patrol.

If you or anyone you know cannot find their child while at the fair, the Lost Children Center is located in between the livestock pavilion and the entrance to the carnival.