The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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September 15, 2013

Water color: 2nd WaterFire event brings full spectrum of activities

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SHARON —

“In my room,” she said. “I think it will be on my bureau next to a bin that my mom put designs on.”

WaterFire presented kids with a host of entertainment options. They could choose to watch a clown, get their faces painted or kick a soccer ball among the many activities for children.

Brothers Isaac Miller and Reese Venable were deep into the Passport Project that let young explorers color and collect stamps from a host of countries all around the world.

Booths throughout downtown were staffed by high school students and stocked with crayons so kids could color printed images of animals on their stamps before attaching them with yarn to their passports.

Isaac, 5, and Reese, who’s 10 years old and in fifth grade at West Hill Elementary in Sharon, had stamps from Germany, Italy, Africa and France.

“I want to collect all of these,” Reese said as he pointed to other countries on the map. “I’ll take it home, maybe color it more and hang it in my room.”

Across the State Street Bridge, Alexis Kusluch collected stamps from the United States pavilion. She already had about a half dozen stamps from other countries but didn’t immediately have a favorite until she thought for a second.

“Probably Russia, because my dad likes it,” said the third-grader at Artman Elementary School, Hermitage. “But I also like the United States of course because I was born here.”

A pavilion that had ambassadors for both Germany and Australia was doing brisk business late in the afternoon.

Taylor Zamora was waiting in line waiting for her turn as Payton Lopreore, who was dressed in khaki and wearing a slouch that would keep him comfortable in the Outback, handed out a stamp from Australia.

“There ya go, mate,” he said with a Crocodile Dundee lilt in his voice that got Taylor’s attention.

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