ASHLAND — Six-year-old Trey Meigs couldn’t get enough of the kids’ version of the Olympic Games at the Ashland Farmers Market Saturday morning.
“I’m doing it for my fourth time,” he told his parents Todd Meigs and Kelly Vaast.
Events included a bean bag toss, soccer, hula hoops, balance beam and a sprint to the finish carrying a mock Olympic torch.
Trey’s brother, Miles, wasn’t as enthusiastic but eventually gave the games a try.
Vaast, member of the market’s board of directors, said with the Summer Games’ opening ceremonies taking place the night before it made sense to make the Olympics the theme of Saturday’s market. The Kid’s Corner from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. provided families a place to take part in Olympic-themed activities. The morning’s activities were sponsored by the Moms Club of Ashland.
Vaast said while the market’s focus is on fresh, local food, each week features special events such as music and demonstrations.
“From the beginning, we wanted it to be a community destination,” she said.
Later that morning, Jae H. Kim Taekwondo presented a demonstration. Taekwondo is an Olympic sport.
The events were mostly designed for children six and under. At the end, they could decorate their very own Olympic medal.
Heidi and David Wesolowski came with their two children, Aidan, 3, and Leah, 1.
“I think they had fun,” Heidi Wesolowski said. “It was something good for all ages.”
Tara Phillips, a member of the Moms Club, said all the items for the events came from her home.
“I really wanted to get the kids moving to promote exercise, being healthy and having fun,” she said.
Many of the children helped each other through the activities, which also promoted teamwork, Phillips said.
Trey said his favorite part of the kids Olympics was kicking a soccer ball into a small net because he plays the sport.
“The Olympics are pretty fun,” he said.
Todd Meigs told Trey something he didn’t know.
“The rest of the world calls soccer football,” he said.
Trey looked surprised.
“Oh,” he said.
Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 508-626-4338 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JPhelps_MW.