VMH “Family Wellness Fair” enjoyed by many during National Hospital Week

VMH Family Wellness Fair held May 10 ... A crowd of over 250 individuals attended the Family Wellness Fair at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday evening, May 10 enjoying the information, entertainment and free health screenings. “Klyde Thinger” the Clown, an always popular addition to the Family Wellness Fair, is pictured here at the new photo booth which was available at this year’s event. Submitted photo.

The 20th annual “Family Wellness Fair” was held Wednesday, May 10 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Over 250 individuals attended the wellness fair despite the rainy weather and enjoyed all the information and activities provided by over 45 agencies and businesses that serve Allamakee and northern Clayton counties. 

With this being the 20th annual event, special attractions such as photo booth and dunk tank were added to the already popular line up of entertainment. “Klyde Thinger” the Clown was again on site as was Paul Kammarmeyer, “Greenie,” of Manchester, who provided balloon art at the main entrance. Face painting was also performed by Lori Ross and Claire Butchkoski. The Waukon Fire Department had a fire truck on site for viewing plus Veterans Memorial Hospital had an ambulance on display. In addition, Chuck Allen from KMRV 99.1 and KNEI 103.5 was broadcasting live from the fair.

Special guests this year included Chuck Long, Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation and former Iowa Hawkeye quarterback/pro football player, as well as Dr. Amy Michelle Willcockson, the Director of Live Healthy Iowa.
Veterans Memorial Hospital sponsored a health fair at the event and offered many free health tests, assessments and information throughout the evening. Both the Mayo Waukon Clinic and Gundersen Waukon Clinic were in attendance as well. Nutritious snacks were offered compliments of the hospital’s Nutrition Services department.

New this year, a free shuttle service was offered by Cadillac Caring Services, LLC, Peggy Sivesind, owner, from the St. Patrick Church parking lot.

This family event is held each spring and is free and open to all members of the area communities.

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