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10th Health and Safety Fair Saturday

Health Fair founder Tom Pernstil and Farwell Village President Steve Grim at the 2013 event

Health Fair founder Tom Pernstil and Farwell Village President Steve Grim at the 2013 event

By Pat Maurer

The tenth annual Paula Pirnstil Memorial Health and Safety Fair is coming back to Farwell this weekend.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Farwell Schools campus.

The event was started in 2004 by Tom Pernstil and his wife Paula, who was battling ovarian cancer at the time. She attended the first Health and Safety Fair but was too ill to attend the second, he said. She died July 5, 2006.

“Before we started it, I was doing seminars for the chamber,” Tom said in an earlier interview. “We both wanted to do more for people so we contacted Larry Barco at MidMichigan Medical Center in Clare, Dave Peterson at the school and started calling everybody in the yellow pages that had anything to do with health, and God took over.”

“That first year we filled the old gym and moved into the hallways. Now we fill up both the new and old gyms and the Jaime Center,” Pirnstill said.

Every year the event, which will feature nearly 100 venders this year all geared towards building a healthier community, gets bigger and better. Everything at the event is free. “Plan to bring your friends and neighbors,” Pernstil said.

He added, “As in past years, free Cholesterol blood tests will be available as well as several other tests. A free healthy lunch will be provided to all attendees.

“The whole idea of the Health and Safety Fair is to get information to people who otherwise may not have access to it,” said Pirnstil.

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