Residents living near Forest Park should not be alarmed if they hear a bomb going off Monday afternoon.
The State Bomb Squad will conduct a live demonstration approximately 1-1:30 p.m. as part of the annual DARE picnic.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor the annual DARE picnic on Monday, May 5, at Forest Park in Shelbyville.
DARE graduates from Shelby County schools, which include Moulton Middle School, St. Michaels, Findlay, Windsor, Moweaqua, Tower Hill/Pana, Cowden-Herrick, MAPS, Stewardson-Strasburg, and Stewardson Trinity Lutheran will attend. These graduates have completed the 12-week program designed to help them avoid drugs and alcohol.
Aproximately 500 students, teachers, chaperones and exhibitors will be at the Park to take part in the picnic. The classes will get a close-up view of safety and educational exhibits from the following organizations and law enforcement agencies: IL Secretary of State Bomb Squad, WAND Storm Runner 17 Weather Vehicle, IL Dept. of Natural Resources Wildlife Display, IL State Police Meth-Response Team, US Army Corps of Engineers Water Safety display, Shelbyville Fire Dept. Smokehouse, Shelby County Rescue Squad “Jaws of Life” demonstration; Heartland Towing; Clark Robertson’s race car; Shelby Electric Cooperative Electricity Safety Demonstration, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office K9 demonstration; Decatur Ambulance Service; Shelby County Dive Team; law enforcement vehicles; Shelby County Emergency Management; Findlay and Bethany Fire Departments, Arch Medical helicopter.
The graduates will also compete individually for the best percentage in the free throw contest and the greatest distance in the softball throw contest. Each school will enter teams in the tug-of-war contest to see which school will take home the trophy this year.