A community affair

(Jeff Moberg photo) The health fair drew what organizers call a normal number of participants and vendors to this year’s event.
(Jeff Moberg photo) The health fair drew what organizers call a normal number of participants and vendors to this year’s event.

By Sarah Pridgeon

The Crook County Health Fair took place over the weekend in the school gymnasium, an opportunity for clientele who had their blood drawn prior to the event to collect their results and peruse stalls featuring health and wellness-related vendors from around the area.

Little has changed for the popular event, says Ken Maston, Ambulance Director. The health fair continues to draw in attendees and vendors at the same rate as always.

“Draws were really close to even – within ten patients, I believe. It seemed busier inside the gym on Saturday,” he says.

“I did talk with one vendor who said it seemed less busy but everybody else said they were busier than they have been. We also had a good number of vendors in.”

Crook County Medical Services District has put on the health fair in this manner for many years. Largely, says Maston, this is because of its popularity with visitors.

(Nancy Hawken photo) Steve Cronn and Bum Mollenbrink visit during Saturday’s Health Fair.
(Nancy Hawken photo) Steve Cronn and Bum Mollenbrink visit during Saturday’s Health Fair.

“Generally, people like what we do. They like the atmosphere, they get a chance to catch up with local businesses while getting their blood drawn and talk to their neighbors and friends,” he says.

“It breeds a great sense of community. I think there are probably ways to do this health fair that make more money or would be less hassle, but that sense of community is important, so we will continue to do that.”