XENIA — There were laughs and giggles galore during the First Aid Follies at the Greene County Fair on Friday.
But all jocularity aside, the follies served as a good way for 4-H’ers to show what they know about first aid. Contestants picked a card, read a scenario and had to decide what products were needed to treat the injury. Afterward they had to rationalize whey they chose what they did.
Injuries included a bloody nose from walking into a door and heat exhaustion. Fellow 4-H kids acted as the injured party.
“It kind of prepares you and gives you tips on what to do in a real-life situation,” said Emma Fowler from Fairborn Junior Farmers. “I learned some of it going to doctor’s offices and knowing someone who is in that line of work as a paramedic.”
The 4-H’ers were judged on choosing the correct first aid products, property treating the injury and explaining their thought process.
Some took longer than others to decide what to use and what to do. But OSU Extension Intern Amanda Zehring, who was the judge, said time was not a factor in the case of the follies. Accuracy was the critical criteria.
“It’s very important,” she said. “You can use (first-aid ability) it in real life, not just a contest.”
Missy Kelleher from Clover Valley 4-H in Spring Valley said it’s vital to be able to use the knowledge in a real situation.
“They’ll give you stuff at school to tell you about it,” she said, “But you’re actually getting life skills.”
Results were not available as of deadline.
Scott Halasz covers Xenia and Greene County for the Gazette. He can be reached at 937-372-4444, ext. 137.