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Kids frolic bubbles Saturday Sunset Hill Farm Park Valparaiso during second annual Field Foam Fun Fair put by EtGammchapter Psi

Kids frolic in bubbles Saturday at Sunset Hill Farm Park in Valparaiso during the second annual Field of Foam and Fun Fair, put on by the Eta Gamma chapter of Psi Iota Xi. | Sun-Times Media

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For more about the not-for-profit Eta Gamma chapter of Psi Iota Xi, reach Pat Kugler at (219) 929-6993, or patkug@hotmail.com.

Updated: September 19, 2014 6:11AM



VALPARAISO — Joey Meyers was covered with foam, head to toe.

Bubbles encased his blue shirt and his blue and orange swim trunks, stuck to his hair and covered his face and his limbs.

Lifting his goggles during a break in the foamy fun, Joey, 9, of Chesterton, said he liked “pretty much everything” about playing in the foam, a mix of water and Dawn dishwashing detergent.

“You can go under and you can still see,” he said.

Hundreds of other kids agreed Saturday during the Eta Gamma chapter of Psi Iota Xi’s second annual Field of Foam and Fun Fair.

Members of the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Porter and LaPorte County Hazmat teams provided the foam.

Kids provided the shrieks of joy.

The nonprofit raises money for a summer speech and hearing clinic for school-age Porter County children as well as providing scholarships for music and speech and hearing, said Pat Kugler, past president of the local chapter and the national organization and organizer of the fun fair.

The event also included pony and hayrides, tattoos and face painting, a clown and other merriment.

“It’s not a big fundraiser. Last year we raised about $100 but it’s basically so people know about us,” Kugler said.

She said this year’s foam was “more foamy” than last year’s because firefighters and the hazmat teams had worked on the ratio.

After Harley, a K-9 with the Chesterton Police Department, took an impromptu stroll through the foam, the kids followed, surging behind the foam-making truck with giggles and yells, arms sometimes stretched upward.

Natasha Meyers, Joey’s mom, heard about the fair from her boyfriend and, like other adults, had almost as much fun watching the kids as they had playing in the foam.

“The kids are having a blast and they get clean at the same time,” she joked.

Becca Grish of LaPorte agreed. She brought her kids, Lily, 6, and Cole, 5, and said the event was great.

“For $5, where else are you going to let them play around for a few hours? And it’s for a good cause,” she said.



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