A n active and healthy lifestyle will be the focus of a free community event this weekend.
The 10th annual Fun and Fitness Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Skenesborough Park.
The event features field games, a bicycle giveaway, and presentations from a number of civil groups and health professionals.
“We trying to raise awareness of the importance of being active,” said David St. Germain, Whitehall Elementary School principal and one of the event’s organizers.
To drive home that message, the fair will feature presentations from county health educators meant to inform children and the public about the importance of exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.
And while the event encompasses a number of activities, its focus is on bicycling.
St. Germain said the event was originally organized as a bike rodeo and its scope has expanded over the intervening decade.
“It started off kind of small and has grown,” he said.
Scouts to the fore
Local Boy Scout Troop 83 will lead a traffic safety demonstration in which they teach attendees how to navigate safely through traffic on a bicycle. There will be a bike safety quiz and a slow speed race in which the objective of the event is take the longest amount of time to ride your bike from start to finish.
There will also be interactive displays by local civic organizations.
The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company will have its new brush truck and trailer on display throughout the event. The fire company will feature a video of the unit extinguishing a 400-gallon jet fuel fire in less than 50 seconds. Members will be on hand to explain what they use the unit for it and how it works.
The South Glens Falls fire company may attend as well and will bring its walkthrough trailer and smoke machine that demonstrate what it’s like inside a fire.
Other activities include a hula hoop competition, football throw, sprint, face painting and other field games. Children will receive prizes for competing in many of the events.
Near the end of the day, organizers will give away nine bicycles. Entry into the drawing is free and children must be present at the time of the drawing to collect. Winners will be announced at approximately 12:50 p.m.
All children receive one free hotdog and drink. Entry to the event is completely free.