More than two dozen organizations and offices will promote good health, fitness and safety at a daylong, outdoor fair being planned for Oct. 2 in Glen Burnie.
"I'd like to see 500 people there," said Katherine DeGrange, who is coordinating the event that runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors may enter raffles for a bicycle and a child safety seat, have safety checks made on their bicycles and participate in numerous health screenings.
This is the second health and safety fair for the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, which ran its first last October. A few hundred people attended. The civic group hopes to make the fair an annual event. This year, North Arundel Hospital is sharing sponsorship of the event.
The afternoon fair is designed to have something for all ages and varying interests, as well as information geared to various age groups. For everyone, there will be a toothbrush exchange, sponsored by the county Health Department.
"You bring your grungy toothbrush and you can trade it in on a new one," said Mrs. DeGrange.
The Health Department also will have displays on childhood immunizations, and will weigh and measure children, Mrs. DeGrange said.
A new health feature will focus on the well-being of four-legged household members. The Division of Animal Control plans to bring a few puppies or kittens available for adoption. Information on neutering pets, licensing and wild animals will be available at the fair.
Other county offices that will be there include the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Office on Aging, Mrs. DeGrange
A massage therapist will be at the carnival grounds showing healing techniques, and there will be demonstrations of Jazzercise.
Much of North Arundel Hospital's display will focus on preventive medicine and health screenings. Visitors may have their blood pressure and lung capacity tested, their feet checked and receive a back screening. Billy Reinhardt of the Baltimore Spirit soccer team will demonstrate skills, sign autographs and discuss how to prevent sports injuries.
Children will get to put a stethoscope in their ears and get to try on surgical masks and gowns as part of a "show-and-tell." In addition, the pediatrics unit will allow children of all ages to examine devices used in pediatric care. Emergency room nurses will give first-aid information, said Kevin Murnane, hospital spokesman.
Runners participating in the Oct. 3 10K race, sponsored by the hospital and Department of Recreation and Parks, may pick up their packets between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the fair. The hospital expects to have about 500 people competing in the race that follows the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail Park between Glen Burnie and Pasadena, Mr. Murnane said.
Many of the safety aspects of the fair are aimed at children. Police will hold a bike rodeo, with a category devoted to tricycles and bikes with training wheels, the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company will run a finger-painting fire prevention poster contest, and the Maryland Safe Kids Coalition will let children pedal its Bunny Mobiles, Mrs. DeGrange said. Buster the Bus, a little robotic school bus, will talk about school bus safety rules, said Nancy Jane Adams, Board of Education spokeswoman.