County Health Fair was big success

The 6th Annual Marion County Health Fair was a celebration of health and wellness; there were 30 vendors and over 200 guests who attended this annual event held at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center. The Fair was sponsored by St. Luke Hospital, the Marion County Health Department and Hillsboro Community Hospital.

Marion County Commissioners Dianne Novak and Kent Becker, were on hand to greet people when they arrived at the Fair. Bringing excitement, especially for children who attended, was Spiderman—Kyle Isaac of Hillsboro–who did flips in the isle and posed for pictures. Rosie the Skunk—the 7-foot tall Atmos Energy mascot—arrived on the scene later in the morning, to educate children about what to do if they smell natural gas leaks. Fred the Preparedness dog from KDHE—a German Shepard who had a little to “say” about Rosie the Skunk—was enjoyed by everyone who stopped to pet him.

Excitement was in the air when two emergency medical helicopters flew onto the scene—LifeSave Transport and EagleMed—both specializing in flying patients to medical facilities. Further delighting guests—especially the kids–was a peek inside the Marion County EMS ambulance.

Children were also invited to go on a scavenger hunt. When asked what they learned, one little boy said, “I learned that there’s a fire in a house every 8 minutes in America,” which was the message given by the American Red Cross booth. And another youngster added, “And I found out that my eyes blink about 28,000 time in a day,” which was a tidbit of health information imparted by the people at the Parents as Teachers booth. Every child received a gift certificate for an ice cream treat to either Sonic or Wendy’s in Hillsboro, for participating in the hunt.

The lab work done by St. Luke Hospital and Hillsboro Community Hospital is a big reason folks like the Health Fair.

“There were 118 people who had blood drawn,” reported Roger Schroeder of St. Luke Hospital.

Dale’s Supermarket of Hillsboro and Carlson’s Grocery of Marion supplied healthy snacks for everyone who came for lab work.

Ken Johnson of Hillsboro Community Hospital said they did 67 carotid artery scans on Saturday. This was such a popular stop that people were still waiting for a scan, after the event officially ended; everyone was served.

The Health Department nurse gave 33 flu shots at the fair–from free vaccine provided by the State of Kansas for those without insurance to High Dose for senior citizens.

Fair visitors won prizes throughout the 3-hr event–over 30 gifts were provided by exhibitors and businesses from Marion and Hillsboro. The prizes ranged from coffee to cookies, electric toothbrush to a foot care basket, gift cards to survival kit.

The Grand Prize—a $20 gift card from CB Bakery of Marion—was awarded to Gordon Dalke of Hillsboro. He was one of many guests who took a card around to exhibitors and had it stamped—which entered him into the Grand Prize drawing.

“We on the committee were very gratified by the turnout for the Health Fair,” said Jessica Gilbert of the Marion County Health Department. “The success was made possible by many people and businesses investing in a meaningful cause—the health and wellness of our communities.”

The Marion County Health Fair always happens on the first Saturday in November.