WINFIELD — The Cowley County Health and Safety Fair will be held this weekend at Winfield High School.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 14 in the high school gymnasium, located at 300 Viking Blvd.
It will culminate in the first-ever Healthy and Safety Fair Fun Run, sponsored by RISE Cowley. This new event will begin at noon.
The annual health and safety fair has something for everyone.
Nonprofits, government departments, and social clubs gather to share information about themselves and the services they provide.
“The primary purpose of the health and safety fair is to first show everyone in Cowley County all the amenities that they may need when it comes to their health and safety,” said event organizer Charissa Wall, who also serves as one of RISE Cowley’s grant co-coordinators.
“There will be a lot of resources for all age groups, with different health needs present, so that way there’s an opportunity to put a face with a name (or) company.”
Companies that offer services such as insurance are likely to be present at the event, as well.
“There’s so much to be offered in Cowley County and some people outsource their needs to Wichita, when they could receive their care at home,” Wall said.
The one-day fair is free to those who wish to attend. Last year, between 600 and 800 individuals attended the health and safety fair in Ark City.
Vendors that participated included Angels in the Attic, the Arkansas City Police Department, the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department, the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office and the Cowley County Council on Aging.
“This year, there will be REACH-Tiny K, Family Life Services, Healthy Start Home Visitors, SAFE Project, TFI, Four County Mental Health, KanCare, Amerigroup (and) Early Detection Works, for just a few examples,” Wall said.
“There’s something for young children up to older adults. There’s something for those with physical disabilities, as well as resources for those with mental disabilities.”
Those who participate as vendors will have both promotional and informational items available for attendees to pick up.
“We have 45-plus vendors expected to participate in the 2018 Cowley County Health and Safety Fair, sponsored by 1025 The River,” Wall said.
“If an organization would like to be a part of the 2019 Cowley County Health and Safety Fair, we begin planning in November for the fair to be in April.”
Starting in November, prospective vendors for next year may call Wall at the City-Cowley County Health Department at (620) 221-1430 or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.