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Hundreds turn out for health fair in Eagle Lake

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — Hundreds of people dropped by the Fish River Rural Health annual health fair on Saturday including two lucky children who returned home with new bicycles they won at the event.

Photos by Jessica Potila

Paxton Devoe and Hana Valcourt were the lucky winners and both have won bicycles in the past.

“I’m happy. I won (a bicycle) last year in Fort Kent at school, so now I have two but I’ll share with my brother and sister,” Valcourt said.

Devoe, age 4, also won a new bicycle at last year’s health fair.

Fish River Rural Health hosts the annual fair as a way to share with the public the non-profit organization’s many services, according to Executive Director Heather Pelletier.

Guests had the opportunity to have their cholesterol and blood pressure checked for free and were provided healthy snacks and information about a variety of illnesses and risk factors for developing them.

“For us it’s about promoting healthy lifestyles overall,” Pelletier said. “I really enjoy my staff having the opportunity to be in a relaxed environment to enjoy the community and for the community to see all we have to offer them.”

Members of Fish River Rural Health’s breast cancer support group were honored with plaques in commemoration of the group’s tenth year.

Pelletier said when the group began, there were only six members but that number has grown to 60.

Smokey the Bear made an appearance at the fair to entertain children and teach them about fire safety. There also was a colorful clown and a bouncy house. The River Ukes, a band of local musicians who play ukulele serenaded the crowd.

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