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10th Health Fair a big success

Youngsters were “outfitted” for (and by)) the fire department and Sparky was there to meet the kids.

Youngsters were “outfitted” for (and by)) the fire department and Sparky was there to meet the kids.

This year’s Paula Pirnstill Annual Health Fair was held last Saturday featuring once again free health screenings – courtesy of Mid Michigan Health – and a huge amount of fun and information on health and safety for the community. This year’s Health & Safety Fair was successful with between 250 and 350 people attending.

This year’s “healthy lunch” theme included not only the regular cold cut sandwiches, but also homemade chicken noodle soup – with the chicken donated by Graham’s Organic Meats in Rosebush – homemade Ratatouille with fresh vegetables donated by Witbeck’s in Clare, Carrow’s in Farwell, and Wal-Mart in Mt. Pleasant – and an item most guests weren’t familiar with: a fresh Quinoa salad donated by the Green Tree Food Co-op in Mt. Pleasant.

Recipe cards were handed out at the fair and will soon be available via the Farwell Area Chamber of Commerce website, or you can stop by in person to pick one up from FACC Office Manager, Janet Haag, who helped plan and execute this event.

Clare County Undersheriff Dwayne “Midge” Miedzianowski came with his kids, so they could enjoy all the “hands on” events such as the “fire house” demonstration, the helicopter that is always a favorite of the kids, and help hand out quality car seats to families in need of them.

A special rollover demonstration shows what it really like for passengers in that type of an accident.

A special rollover demonstration shows what it really like for passengers in that type of an accident.

Of course there were free hearing testing, a blood drive, and information on other health and safety matters.  The Children’s Health & Safety Fair organized by Gina Hamilton, experienced a large attendance. There were Bike Safety Helmets and Water Safety Vests provided to over 100+ children.  Free Child Car Safety Seat Inspections and distribution.

All food donations brought to the Health & Safety Fair and the lunchmeats, cheese, and bread were donated to the Farwell Area Soup Kitchen and helped feed those in need.

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