Bringing a “mini” state fair to the residents of Story Medical Senior Care last summer was such a success, that Story Medical not only decided to do it again this year, they also invited the residents of other senior care living facilities in the community to take part.


Last Friday afternoon, in the parking lot across from Story Senior Care on Sixth Street, Nevada’s second annual “mini state fair” took place.


“This whole State Fair experience would not be possible without the outstanding teamwork of our Story County ‘family’ and the collaboration with others from the community,” said Marti Maxson, activity coordinator at Story Senior Care. “Myself and my assistant, Libby Davenport, are very appreciative to everyone that had a hand in this to make it one of the best experiences for our residents. The whole goal was to bring the State Fair to our residents so that they didn’t feel left out, as most are unable to travel down to Des Moines for the Iowa State Fair.”


In bringing it back for a second time, Maxson said they wanted to make it “bigger and better” than the year before.


They are thankful to a number of people for making that “bigger and better” goal a reality.


Shari Clatt and family, along with Jordan Hadaway (a nurse at SCMC), organized the animals for the event. “We had a cow with her calf, chickens (both rooster/females/chicks) and a mini horse named Peppe. Tisha Zink (a nurse at SCMC) organized getting goats from her sister, Katrena Gillis. We also had pigs that were organized by Margie from Windsor Manor,” Maxson said.


Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School’s FFA adviser, brought farm machinery. He also came during the event to answer questions and snap some photos.


Abby Burmester, along with her team from Suncrest Hospice, brought a cotton candy machine and their therapy dog, Cosmic. They “manned” the cotton candy station with Barb Hansen (EMR coordinator at SCMC), who also brought her special sugar-free cotton candy machine.


“Paragon Company, located on Airport Road in Nevada, let us borrow their sno-cone machine and donated two jugs of syrup and supplies. Jill Bohnet, social worker, along with Zac Ose’s children, Amara and Linkoln, manned that station, and after the fair, they all helped with cleanup.”


Jordan Hadaway’s daughter, Elle, made a lemonade stand, which she ran with the help of Tisha Zink.


Dennis Lutyens, the hospital dietary supervisor, made corndogs; and Shelby, a dietary aide, helped him run the stand.


Zac Ose, along with David Griffin helped with setup. “Zac stayed throughout the event and helped take residents around to the different areas – food, animals and machinery; he also helped with cleanup,” Maxson said.


Maxson said that the staff on each floor of Story Senior Care created a “round robin” type of system to get almost all of the residents outside to enjoy the experience. “We had about 45 out of our 62 residents who were able to experience the ‘State Fair’ atmosphere. Rolling Green and Windsor Manor also brought residents.”


Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, Story Senior Care started their state fair week with a “State Fair Foods, Games and Memories” experience upstairs in the second-floor dining room. Then on Wednesday, Aug. 15, they played the “State Fair” movie for everyone to enjoy.


Information was provided for this story by Story Senior Care and photos were provided by Linda Wendt, CNO, at Story County Medical Center.