Pioneer Memorial’s Country Health & Craft Fair is Oct. 21

Pioneer Memorial's Country Health & Craft Fair is Oct. 21
Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services, Viborg, will host its annual Country Health & Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will include educational booths, health screenings, flu clinic, community blood drive, bake sale, craft fair, flea market, silent auction, and raffles.

A featured part of the day occurs at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Rose Faithe, physician with Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services from 1991-1999, will have her hair cut and donated to "Locks of Love," a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Dr. Faithe has been growing her hair for many years. Anyone interested in the honor of cutting Dr. Faithe's ponytail can purchase a $5 chance during the event. Proceeds from the raffle go toward renovating an area for Pioneer Memorial's on-site CT scan unit.

The Community Blood Drive will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. To schedule a time, call 326-5161 and ask for the lab.

A free healthcare package offered during the fair, includes screening for skin cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, and body mass index. Fasting is recommended for those who want to be screened for diabetes. Screenings begin at 9 a.m. and end at various times of the day. Call 326-5161 for more information.

Pioneer Memorial will also offer arterial disease screenings. If you are over 40 years of age, have a family history, or have any of the following risk factors, you may want to consider being screened: smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, diabetes or inactive lifestyle. There will be three screenings: aortic aneurysm, looks for a bulging in the wall of the main artery in the abdomen that can rupture if not detected. A second test, carotid arteries, looks at buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries in the neck that may lead to stroke. The third test, peripheral arteries, looks for blockage in the leg arteries that may cause pain in the legs. Cost of each will be $35, or all three for $95, paid by check on Oct. 21. Appointments are necessary, call 326-5161 extension 3031.

Pioneer Memorial's first flu clinic of the season will also be held Oct. 21. It will be offered from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The cost of $27 can be paid by cash or with a Medicare card.

The Turner County Health Nurse will provide Tdap immunization during the fair for children 11-12 years old. This tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough immunization is recommended for adolescents who received DTaP or DTP as children, but who have not yet received a dose of Td. Immunization will be held from 9 until 11 a.m. Cost is $7. However, services will not be denied for inability to pay.

Massage therapy will be offered during the event for a free will donation.

The Country Fair part of the program will include a bake sale, flea market, craft sale, entertainment by Susan Johnson and Gene Georgen, raffles and a silent auction. Items to be raffled include a Russ Duerksen print, "Weathered Perch," a hand-stitched quilt donated by Rose Faithe, MD; and a homemade afghan donated by Donna Dwyer.

Items can be viewed in the lobby of Pioneer Memorial. Tickets for each item are available at the hospital's reception desk and will also be available the day of the event. You need not be present to win. Drawing for the winners will be held at 2 p.m.

For the second year, baskets filled with an assortment of items will be featured in the silent auction portion of the craft fair. Come early to find your favorite and check back to make sure your name remains at the top of the list.

Lunch will feature the popular Indian tacos, chicken noodle soup, taverns and homemade pie.

Proceeds from the fund raiser will be used to help renovate an area for an on-site CT scan machine.

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