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9Health Fair — a harbinger of spring

In addition to mud and tulips, another harbinger of spring in Pagosa is the 9Health Fair.

This year’s fair will be at the Pagosa Springs High School on Saturday, April 7, from 7 a.m. until noon.

All out-of-own visitors and guests are also welcomed at the fair.

If you are unable to attend the Pagosa fair, you might want to consider participating at one of the other fairs in southwest Colorado which include Durango on March 31, Ignacio on April 14 or Bayfield on May 12.

Services offered at all of the fairs include a 31-component blood chemistry analysis for $30; a PSA test for men for $25; blood cell count screening for $15; vitamin D screening for $40 and hemoglobin A1c for $25. A $20 colon cancer screening kit is also available.

Free screenings include blood pressure, finger stick glucose, oral screenings and vision screenings, just to mention a few. If you plan on taking advantage of the low-cost blood work, do not eat 12 hours before having blood drawn and drink lots of water while fasting.

Additional volunteer phlebotomists are needed for the Pagosa fair. If you are qualified, please contact Jean Broderick at 264-1261 or show up at the high school at 6:30 a.m. the day of the fair.

As a fund-raising project, the Pagosa Springs High School Skills USA members will be selling a pancake breakfast with sausage and bacon at the high school from 7 to 10 a.m. and then hamburgers, hot dogs and baked potatoes from 10 to noon during the fair. Money raised will be used for the State Skills USA competition in Denver this April.

Local sponsors and partners include The Pagosa Springs SUN, Pagosa Mountain Hospital and Alco.

Pagosa Springs site coordinator Caroline Brown can be reached at 731-4248 if you need additional information or have questions.

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