Jim Bean Safety Fair Held at Sankey Park, Features New Swings

The annual Jim Bean Safety Fair this year was held at Sankey Park June 15. This year, many businesses were in attendance and a special ribbon cutting ceremony was held for new park swings. 

“[It was an] absolute success,” Sean Morgan, one of the event coordinators, said. “Outstanding turnout.”   

In years past, the safety fair was held at the Sweet Home Police Department. This year, the PD partnered with the Sweet Home Public Library to hold it at Sankey Park. Many local businesses attended this event. Some were there for the library’s Summer Reading Program kick-off, and others for the safety fair.  

Businesses there for the kick-off included; Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S Forest Service, members of the Parks and Trees Committee, Public Works, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Sweet Home PD, Sweet Home Sanitation, ABC house and Elks Lodge members doing drug awareness. These businesses stamped a “passport” all kids were provided with. 

The other businesses there for the summer kick off were the Boys and Girls Club, Sweet Home Public Library, Friends of the Library, Hillside Fellowship and even Jackson Street Youth Services.

We asked an attendee at this fair what his favorite table was. 

“Probably the one with free hotdogs,” Logan Barrett said. 

Those free hotdogs were provided by Thirfway and cooked by members of the Elks Lodge. The table gave away more than 120 free lunches to attendees. 

The safety fair usually holds a shredding event, hosted by 44 North Credit Union (formerly known as Linn-Co Credit Union).

The turnout this year was very minimal compared to previous years. 44 North did bring many volunteers to this event. A total of 30 volunteers were needed to make this event possible, with volunteers coming from both SHPD and 44 North.  

“A special thanks to all of them,” Morgan said. “Special shout out to Doug Robin and Donna Short.” Both volunteers helped design the bike rodeo course, which covered four different safety events. 

During this fair, Mayor Susan Coleman and City Manager Kelcey Young introduced the public to brand new swings during a ribbon cutting. The first began with Coleman cutting the ribbon on a kids swing set, and ended with Kimberley Smith and Bailey Elia swinging to break the ribbon on the secondary set for older kids. 

“New location turned out great,” Morgan said. “We loved the new location [and] loved doing it with the library. Tentatively going with it next year. I think it will be more fun next year.”

The event concluded with 12 bikes being given to raffle winners.