Judging from the number of smiling faces Sunday, the Daily Press Back-to-School and Children's Health Fair was a great success.
Hundreds of children and their families passed through the doors of the Ruth Butler Building at the U.P. State Fairgrounds to take part in the first-time event. The fair was sponsored by the Daily Press, OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group, Bellinhealth, Superior Health Systems, the YMCA of Delta County, NewPage and MIX-106.
Throughout the day, a steady stream of people came to the event for a day of fun and to get a jump start to the new school year. The event truly offered something for everyone. Immunizations were available for area children, along with a chance to have children's height, weight and body mass index checked. There were fun health-related events like the well doll and teddy bear clinic and "Wheel of Health" game.
And that was just a small part of what the event had to offer. Along with the numerous booths and activities, there were also a Guitar Hero and Lego building contests and a chance to win prizes, including a laptop computer.
The fun wasn't just limited to the Ruth Butler Building. Outside, children could try races and obstacle courses, a simulation showing how texting impacts driving, take a ride in a police car, and many other activities.
Those attending were also treated to a free lunch, compliments of the Daily Press.
The event was fun-filled and just one of the ways the Daily Press strives to give back to the community. We hope everyone who attended had a good time. We thank everyone who took part for helping us give the community a fun-filled and informative day. We couldn't have done it without you.
One comment seemed to sum up the day. It was a testimonial to the event written in crayon on one of the paper table coverings at the fair. It read "This is awesome."
Thanks. We think it was, too.