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People were welcomed by Lincoln Fire & Rescue as they entered the Farmer’s Market at Union College on Sunday, Sept. 19. Photo by Samantha Hargens/NNS.

 

The Union College Farmer’s Market invited Lincoln Fire & Rescue and music with Blue Raven Camp Kids & Jeff King for children on Sunday, Sept. 19 at Union College on 48th Street and Prescott Avenue in Lincoln. 

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Firefighters from Engine 6 give tours of the firetruck to children and parents. Photo by Samantha Hargens/NNS

 

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Nicole Horn of Lincoln shows Franklin Danahy, 2, of Lincoln the firetruck for Engine 6. Photo by Samantha Hargens/NNS.

The Lincoln Fire Department provided tours of its firetruck to children of all ages. Children learned about firetrucks and the roles of firefighters. Stevie Danahy of Lincoln said her dad is a retired firefighter, and she had been looking for an event to show her son, Franklin Danahy, a firetruck. 

“I found the event on Facebook and thought it would be a fun thing for Franklin and I to check out,” Danahy said. 

Firefighter Nicole Horn of Lincoln said Lincoln Fire & Rescue are still giving tours and the Lincoln Fire Department comes to the Farmer’s Market every three weeks. 

“It’s fun for us, and it’s fun for the kids. Anyone can call us and ask for a tour and we can set something up,” Horn said. 

Just behind the firetruck was a space set up with toys and instruments on a blanket near College View Church. Jeff King, a musician from Lincoln, played guitar, ukulele and banjo while children sang along and danced.

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Jeff King of Lincoln strums his banjo playing songs from the 50s and 60s as well as popular children’s songs such as Wheels on the Bus. Photo by Samantha Hargens/NNS

King said he has played music since he was in fourth grade when he bought a ukulele at a nickel and dime store for 99 cents. He started playing more as an adult for children with disabilities because his wife was a special education teacher. After playing in classrooms, he played at Tabitha for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s . 

“I’m here for the kids. This is something fun and I’m working with their cognitive thinking,” King said.

King said the children enjoy playing along with him while they shake maracas, bang on the drums he’s brought and dance along to the songs allowing them to be more interactive.

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Braxton Brockman, 2, of Lincoln plays on a drum made from a paint bucket. Photo by Samantha Hargens/NNS

Jordan Brockman, father of Braxton Brockman, said his family enjoys going to Farmer’s Markets on the weekends. He said his family usually goes to the farmers market in the Haymarket in downtown Lincoln or at Union College. 

“Either we’ll come here or the Haymarket. They’ve added this activity, which is fun for kids,” Brockman said. 

Brockman said his wife usually buys fresh produce, and they have fun walking around and seeing all the food and different items at the booths making it a fun family activity. 

Blue Raven Music Studios showcased its students in front of College View Church. Students played a range of instruments such as the violin and guitar for people walking through the lot. 

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Trevor McCormick, 9, of Lincoln plays guitar and sings “Viva La Vida,” a song by Coldplay for the crowd. Photo by Samantha Hargens/NNS

 

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Marlowe Sands, 8, of Lincoln celebrates her birthday by playing guitar for parents and people at the Farmer’s Market. Photo by Samantha Hargens/NNS.

Trevor McCormick’s mom, Malibu McCormick, said he has been taking music lessons for about three years. “He’s especially come a long way in the last few weeks getting ready for this,” McCormick said. 

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An area near the food booths for people to sit and enjoy their food at the Farmer’s Market. Photo by Samantha Hargens/NNS.

Union College hosts a Famers Market every Sunday. 

Senior student majoring in Journalism with a minor in Communications at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.