DYBERRY TWP. - The 152nd Wayne County Fair has had its share of publicity thanks to a precocious five-year-old boy named Noah Ritter.
Ritter attended the fair Aug. 1 with his grandparents Kathy and Jack Borowski.
He was interviewed by WNEP-TVs Sofia Ojeda about his fair experience. His adorable and well-spoken comments made his television debut go viral.
To date, the original interview has had over 10 millions views.
Wayne/Pike Shrine Club member Brian Wilken was inspired by Ritter's catchphrase and decided to mold it into a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
"The idea kind of just came to me," he said at the fair Friday. "I heard about Noah and thought 'Let's make a shirt that says apparently.'"
The t-shirts, printed at Platform Industries in Honesdale, were made in assorted colors and sizes and brought to the fair.
All 100 of the freshly minted shirts were brought to the fair and sold from the Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) booth.
"We are so glad he pulled it off so quickly," Wilken said. "It's amazing how it all came together."
Each shirt was sold for $10 with all proceeds going to benefit the Shriners Children's Hospital.
"Nobody is making a dime off of this except the kids," he said. "You can't help but want to be a part of it. A passion all of us as Shriners have is to help these kids."
Wilken added that, "A little boy helped make a big difference."
If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, but could not get one at the fair, Platform Industries, 602 Church Street, Honesdale, will have some available.
Wilken said that the funds raised from those shirts will also be donated to the hospital.
"It is all about helping the kids," he said.
About the Shriners Hospitals for Children
The Shriners Hospital for Children provides medical treatment to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs.
This is accomplished without regard to race, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or the ability of a patient or family to pay.
To learn more about the hospital, visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.