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Healthy Living Expo is highlight of hospital fair May 16-17 in Milford

May 12, 2014

The 57th Annual Milford Memorial Hospital Fair is Supporting 57 Years of Healthy Living with a full slate of activities Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, on the grounds of the former Milford Middle School.

On Friday, May 16, The Milford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Tri-Sports Events are sponsoring a 5K Run/Walk & Kiddie K Dash beginning at Milford Middle School, 612 Lakeview Ave.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m., with the race set to begin at 6:30 p.m. To register, go to www.trisportsevents.com. Following the race, an awards presentation, D.J., food catered by Burgers and Beans, quarter auction and vendors will be present for all to enjoy. Sign up, which includes a T-shirt and one free meal, is $25 on the day of the race.

The Kiddie K is free. Tickets for the quarter auction are $5 each and can be purchased in the Reflections Gift Shop or by calling Dee Greenlee at 424-0395.

This year’s fair committee has been hard at work planning activities and events for the community to enjoy all day long on Saturday. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. and the fair concludes at 4 p.m.

All the regular favorites will be there, including flowers, books, games, rides, face painting, petting zoo, entertainment, inflatables and prizes.

New this year will be a dunking booth. All the famous fair food will return as well, such as scrapple sandwiches, lemon sticks, chicken platters cooked by the Milford Moose Lodge, crab cake sandwiches, French fries, burgers and hotdogs and lemonade. Crafters and vendors will offer hand-crafted and gift items for sale, as well as many other booths representing community services.

While tradition of fun, games and food continues, there’s something new at this year’s fair: a Healthy Living Expo.

The free expo will be located under a large tent. Fair-goers will be able to take advantage of free screenings after they complete a registration and consent form. Once registered, each person will get a tote bag containing informational hand-outs and a wrist band giving them access to the free screenings.

Among the assessments are blood pressure screening, cholesterol and glucose testing, face screening for sun damage and osteoporosis screening. In addition, representatives from Bayhealth will provide information about a variety of programs and services.

Adjacent to the Healthy Living Expo, participants will find a children’s activities tent. Children will be able to decorate get well cards for patients and visit with Bart the Bear, Bayhealth’s mascot who makes his debut at this community event.

Pamela J. Marecki, Bayhealth’s assistant vice president of marketing, says the Healthy Living Expo will enhance the fair.

“We’re combining with an already successful event,” she said, adding that the expo brings the mission of the Healthier Sussex County initiative close to home.  “We invite our friends and neighbors in the Milford community to join us and take advantage of the free screenings and health information.

“I’m really excited to bring the Healthy Living Expo to the Milford Memorial Hospital Fair this year,” she said.

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