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Family Fun in Alpena, Michigan

Alpena, Michigan

Story Narrative:

Child: "I go play at the Fairgrounds when it's the Fair time, and usually I just go to the park and play around. "

Interviewer: "Do you go to the Maritime Center?"

Child: "Yes, I go to museums too. I go to the NOAA Center, and I also go to the best museum!"

Interviewer: "What's your favorite thing at the NOAA Center?"

Child: "The slide that we slide down every time we come here."

Interviewer: "And, what is your favorite thing at the Festival?" Child: "My favorite thing is looking at the animals they have over there, touching them sometimes and the fishes, and stuff like that."

Interviewer: "Are they live or are they taxidermy?"

Child: "They're taxidermy. Sometimes, they have live animals over there, and you get to touch them and stuff like that. Also over there, sometimes they have a crafting thing going on, and it's actually really fun. I take some stuff home and I use them."

Interviewer: "What kind of craft have you done?"

Child: "I've made lipstick, pencils, and paper mache." What did you do with paper mache?

Child: "It was actually a small project. I made animals and stuff like that--like a kangaroo, like the face of the kangaroo, and it was actually really fun."

Part of the "Stories from Main Street" project--an effort to collect stories about small-town life across the United States. The project was the brainchild of the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" program, an initiative that brings traveling exhibitions about subjects of national importance to small towns across America.

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