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Lost Kiddie Colony Helps Reunite Children and Parents

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Opening night of the State Fair, 1997
RALEIGH — Thousands of families will visit the State Fair over the next week. In themassive crowds, it's hard to keep track of everyone and sometimes childrenget separated from their parents.

The State Fair has a system in place to reunite parents with their lostchildren called the Lost Kiddie Colony.

Friday night, 10-year-old Johnathon and his friend Kelvin got separatedfrom Johnathon's grandmother. Johnathon said they wandered around the fairlooking for her, but couldn't find her.

Police brought the pair to the Lost Kiddie Colony inside the Red Crosslounge at the fairgrounds. Volunteers try to comfort children and helpthem find the adults who were watching them.

Edna Massey, Lost Kiddie Colony supervisor, said on the last day of thefair last year, the colony had about 120 children come in off and on during the night.

Just during the time of WRAL's visit to the colony, 7-year-old Andrew wasalso lost and quickly recovered by his parents.

A short time later, Johnathon and Kelvin were reunited with Jonathan'sgrandmother.

Volunteers at the Lost Kiddie Colony suggested parents, especially withvery small children, buy a ticket at any information booth, put thename, address and phone number of the child on the ticket and attach theticket to the child. Volunteers said the tickets make it easier to reuniteparents with children.

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