10 kids receive free bikes daily at fair from law enforcement agencies

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- At the Northern Wisconsin State Fair they have their own 5:00 rush hour. It looks like a human traffic jam.

"You've got kids jumping around picking out bikes," said Officer Sammi Burgess with the UW-Stout Police Dept.

It is unique only to this spot, ironically right in front of the law enforcement booth.

Crowds gather here because every day at this time, 10 kids get to go home with a brand new bike. Something that has been a tradition at the law enforcement booth.

"We've been at the fair at the long time and the best thing we can do is hand out bikes to kids," Burgess said.

Kids stop by all day, pick up a ticket and anxiously wait until 5:00 when the numbers are called. You can imagine the excitement building up to this moment.

"I was thinking I was the next one because these guys won before," said Zayda Thalacker.

Zayda Thalacker will tell you about it. She was lucky enough to get number called on Friday and is going home with a new bike.

"I was kind of not really expecting it but kind of," she said.

Her friends have also been through the same experience. Lucky enough to get their ticket called.

The idea behind this whole event - connecting kids and cops.

"We want kids active and want kids to know law enforcement are not bad people, they might have encounters with them and we just want to make sure everything is positive," Burgess said.

And the smiles, they just come naturally.

"We're always happy to make a kid smile," she said.

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