WALTON — Hundreds of children and families packed the grandstands a bicycle giveaway Wednesday for children’s day at the Delaware County Fair.
More than 100 bikes, ranging from kiddie-size with training wheels to bikes with 24-inch rims, covered the track in a sea of neon blue, orange, green and red; spokes gleaming in the sunlight.
Bob Moody, one of the fair’s directors, officiated the event, calling out winning ticket numbers and naming each of the more than 80 sponsors, many of which were vendors at the fair.
The giveaway is a fair tradition of more than two decades, he said.
Fifteen of the bikes are reserved for members of the 4-H crew, who spend the day working at the fair and would otherwise be unable to participate in the giveaway, Moody said.
Lucky ticket-holders were invited to sign a thank-you card for the sponsors and accept a Delaware County Fair reusable water bottle from Ella Taylor, the 14-year-old South Kortright resident crowned this year’s queen of the Delaware County Fair.
Norm Kilpatrick, a member of the fair board, greeted each winner with a handshake or a high-five before helping them mount their new rides.
Three-year-old Dylan Moneta of Charlotte, North Carolina was the first to claim her prize, a blue 12-inch bike with training wheels.
Her father, Mac, said he was born and raised in Delaware County and wanted to share the fair experience with his family.
Two-year-old Hamden resident Grayson Dermody was escorted to the track by his grandmother, Lisa Myers, to pick up his Paw Patrol bicycle.
Six-year-old Jack Thomas, who said he was in town from Ohio visiting his godparents, headed to the midway to take advantage of the hour of free rides.
“The Dragon is my favorite,” he said. “Dragons are my favorite animal.”
Elsewhere on the fairgrounds, four-year-old Ellie Schultz of Otego dragged her mother, Lisa, over to see this year’s butter sculpture of a man leading a lamb to jump through a hoop.
“What do they do with the extra?” she asked, pointing to the butter shavings and unused sticks still at the bottom of the display case.
“I hope somebody somewhere has a lot of potatoes,” her mother replied.
Seven-year-old Colliersville resident Violet Mason, waiting in line for a balloon animal from Chee Chee the Clown, said she couldn’t decide between strawberry shortcake from Kozy Korner or a chocolate-covered frozen banana from Polar Ice Cream.
“If I get one and you get one, maybe we can have them both,” she suggested to her father, Doug.
“I like your math,” he said.
The Delaware County Fair continues through Sunday, Aug. 18.
Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.