Family Fun Health Fair a success, sees continued growth

MANSITEE —As families bustled from vendor to vendor Saturday — activities for children abound — Patti Borucki described the Manistee Family Fun Health Fair as a one-stop shop.

“(It) has a great history of bringing a wide array of family community resources together in one place,” said the county’s Great Start coordinator. “This health fair focuses specifically on families and their continued safety, health and wellbeing.”

Nearly 35 local resources, representing various forms of family health and safety, were on hand Saturday for the 11th annual event, which was held at Manistee Catholic Central.

This family oriented fair is sponsored by the Great Start Collaborative and in part by a grant from the Launch Manistee fund of the Manistee County Community Foundation with support from the Oleson Foundation and the Spirit of Giving Fund of the Manistee County Community Foundation.

Saturday’s attendees had an opportunity to get an up-close look at many of the area’s emergency response vehicles, which were displayed outside MCC. Controlling a patrol car’s siren or suiting up in a fire fighter’s gear were popular among young visitors to the fair.

In the gymnasium, an expo of vendors provided a wealth of information on safety and health, while many booths held contests, activities and giveaways for children. Smokey Bear, Pete the Cat, Forest Festival Ducky and a pair of Crash Test Dummies were also found greeting visitors.

Area preschools and family friendly area businesses are also part of the event,” Borucki said. “The Great Start Collaborative coordinates this countywide event to carry out the Great Start Collaborative goal of collaborating with our wealth of local resources who serve families.

“The event intentionally incorporates and promotes all areas of development for the child and the family,” she added. “It’s definitely a two-generational approach. By helping families we help children now and for their future.”

Borucki was proud to announce the addition of new vendors this year, a sign that the fair is growing in popularity.

“This year seven new partners were added and we were very excited to see an increase in attendance as well,” she said. “Manistee County has a strong commitment to its children. The collaboration represented here today shows that Manistee has developed strong early childhood partnerships and that we are making our children a top priority.

“We are very fortunate and thankful to have diverse partnerships that work hand in hand to help give our children a Great Start in life and in school.”

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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