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MODES OF TRANSPORTATION Kids tour the midway



Published: Tue, September 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Hunter Hostutler had a choice: ride in the wagon or wear a leash that fastens around his wrist.

By MARALINE KUBIK

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

CANFIELD -- Four-wheelin' along the midway seems to be the most comfortable way to go, unless a bird's-eye view from mom's back is more on track.

"He gets more enjoyment riding this than he does on the kiddie rides," said Tanya Mellendorf of Wintersville, Ohio.

Her 2-year-old son, Gabriel Moore, has been scooting around in a kiddie-car stroller since he was 10 months old.

Forget the regular stroller, Mellendorf said, "This is where he likes to ride. He even sits on it at home when he's watching TV."

For Hunter Hostutler, 4, of New Philadelphia, a wagon is his ride of choice. He can lean back against an ice chest full of cool drinks and chow down on cotton candy.

Because he's a cute little guy and his folks don't want a stranger to scoop him up, his dad, Jeff Hostutler, said Hunter has a choice: the wagon or a leash that fastens around his wrist with a fabric fastener.

"You don't like this, do you?" Hostutler asked his son, holding up the leash.

The little boy shook his head "no" fervently.

Hunter's 16-month-old brother and sister -- twins -- ride in a tandem stroller covered with mosquito netting.

Both appear perfectly content looking out at the activity from the safety of their two-seater.

Another method

Mickey and Dominique Trimboli of North Jackson take in the fair from the comfort of their Trek bike cart, which has been converted into a stroller.

Although the 7- and 5-year-old brother and sister are too big for a traditional stroller, the weight limit on the Trek is 100 pounds, reports their mom, Kimberly Trimboli.

Mickey and Dominique are both under 40 pounds, Trimboli said, so they'll be riding together for awhile. Trimboli and her husband, Dominic, bicycle enthusiasts, bought the Trek to tow their children behind when they go cycling.

They bought the conversion kit to transform the Trek into a stroller because it's a lot easier to keep tabs on two rambunctious youngsters when they're both in the same place and confined.

Ann Burger of Stow prefers to tote her 2-year-old bundle of energy, Jim, on her back.

Jim rode in a snuggle sack on his mom's midriff when he was an infant; when he was old enough to hold up his head and look around, she moved him into the backpack.

Burger is a hiker and originally used the backpack three or four years ago to carry her older child. Jim likes the view over his mom's shoulder and will be content in the backpack for several hours, Burger said.

Rosemarie and Jim Repasky of Girard visited the fair with three of their children and 12 of their grandchildren. With so many people strolling around together, it only made sense to keep the youngest ones in the stroller, their grandmother said.

kubik@vindy.com




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