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It’s a day to promote fitness and healthy living in Whitehall.

It’s also still a day to get your name in for a free bike, as well.

Formerly the Whitehall Bicycle Rodeo, the Whitehall Fun and Fitness Fair will take place on Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Skenesborough Park.

“It is a day to promote health and specifically nutrition and healthy living habits,” said David St. Germain, Whitehall Elementary School principal and organizer of the event.

“What we wanted to do was get more human service agencies involved,” said St. Germain. “We will have the Washington County Youth Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the county WIC Program, car seat checks, the National Guard and ORCA all on hand at the event.”

St. Germain said along with promoting a healthy lifestyle, there will also be the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company and National Guard to promote safety in the community.

The Boy Scouts will return to the event to run their annual bike course, a staple of the annual bike rodeo. However, there will be a twist to this year’s course.

“The Boy Scouts will be doing the bike course, but it will be more of a slow-speed race,” said St. Germain. “Instead of the kids running through the course quickly, they are going to have to go as slow as they can and show that they can stay in their lane and how well they can handle their bike.”

Other activities will include the Hula-Hoop and jump rope contests, as well as a number of presentations from the vendors and face painting by the junior and senior honor societies. There will also be a free lunch provided by the Skenesborough Emergency Squad.

At the end of the event, the annual bike raffle will be drawn.

“Kids will be able to put their name into the drawing for the bike raffle when they come to the Fun and Fitness Festival,” said St, Germain. “We will be doing the drawing around 12:30 or 1 p.m.”

For more information on the Whitehall Fun and Fitness Fair, contact the Whitehall Elementary School at 499-0330.

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