Rainy day Health Fair still drew crowds

Phyllis Ketring

The Health Fair Planning Committee would like to thank the amazing SaddleBrooke One staff for their dedicated and willing service during the 21st annual Health Fair. Even though it was a rainy morning, nearly 1000 people attended the fair.

The staff’s excellent service was supported by over 100 incredible volunteers. Exhibitors always are positively impressed by the help they receive from volunteers and they often comment that our Health Fair is the best that they attend.

Action starts the day before the fair, as the staff and committee set up rooms. The morning of the fair, activity begins before sunrise. The traffic team sets up signs and prepares to direct cars, buses and golf carts. The set-up team is armed with baggage carts to move exhibitors and their supplies into the clubhouse.

Inside, volunteers are on hand to welcome exhibitors and help them set up. The staff is hard at work with last minute details. When the door opens, the rush begins.

Skin cancer screenings and immunizations remain two of the most popular attractions. The U of A Pharmacy students were busy all morning. Every slot on the schedule for hearing tests was filled and the U of A Ophthalmology team did exams for cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma all morning. Ted Robu gave free massages without a break. If you would like to experience all the events at the fair, mark October 12 on your calendars for next year.

It was an exciting morning and our community is fortunate to have so many physicians, technicians and medical professionals who are willing to share a Saturday morning and offer their expertise. The Health Fair Planning Committee would like to express its gratitude and appreciation for everything our community did to make this event a success.