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Posted: 06/12/13

Health & Wellness
Carnival set for June 15

Observer Staff Writer

      The local medical community is inviting residents to enjoy a day of education and entertainment during a free fair.
       More than 14 local health care professionals and businesses have joined together to put on the first-ever Health and Wellness Carnival for community members. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westview Orchards on June 15.
       Ann Marie Carufel, community relations coordinator with Home Helpers and Direct Link, said the intent is for medical companies to give back to the community through a free informational event.
       "We're hoping it will be successful and will be an ongoing event," Carufel said. "We kept it small to see how it goes, and maybe we can expand it next year."
       Exhibitors will set up interactive activities for attendees to learn about their well-being, such as balance tests or blood pressure checks, while enjoying music from DJ Zak Atak. Exhibitors include chiropractors, assisted living, physical therapists and more.
       Carufel said any money left over from putting on the fair will be donated to a local charity.
       "It's just one way we're trying to give back to the community," Carufel said.
       Westview Orchards will provide free admission to its basic fun farm for the duration of the event. In addition, those who visit all the stations will receive free ice cream from the orchard.
       Katrina Schumacher, co-owner of Westview Orchards, said the orchard wanted to offer its space for the event to showcase local businesses.
       "You may be a little hesitant to go through a door for a business, but it's a lot less intimidating to go up and chat with them and get basic info," Schumacher said.

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