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In this July 2004 file photo, Tyler Nash, front, and Ethan Giesinger, both 4 from Dilworth, ride in a float called Future Firefighters of Dilworth during the Youth Parade at Dilworth's Loco Daze. Forum file photo

Dilworth Loco Daze gets healthy

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DILWORTH - Dilworth's Loco Daze will offer attendees a little more than the usual fair fare this year: a chance at a healthy lifestyle.

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Organizers will hold the first Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday as a way for Dilworth and surrounding residents to learn about different services available in the community, said Dilworth City Councilman Ryan Mullkin.

"It's just free information to let people know that there are services out there for them," Mullkin said.

Loco Daze, an annual city-sponsored festival that runs today through Saturday, will feature a variety of events each day. For more information, visit www.cityofdilworth.com/category/events.

The Health and Wellness Fair will feature more than 30 informational booths at the Dilworth Community Center.

"We have everything from the Alzheimer's Association to senior transportation, chiropractors ... and organic health, you name it," said Denise Anderson, the provider relations coordinator at Serenity Assisted Living in Dilworth, the city's co-sponsor for the event.

Although Serenity focuses on senior living, Anderson said organizers tried to provide a wide array of booths.

"We didn't just want to stick with elder heath. We wanted a whole continuum of overall wellness," Anderson said.

Attendees also can get free blood pressure checks, and a registered nurse will be available to answer health-related questions at an "ask-a-nurse" booth.

Eric Bergeson, an author from Fertile, Minn., will be the featured speaker at 10 a.m., followed by a free lunch for the first 250 attendees. Ron Evans of Ulen will provide musical entertainment.

If you go

* What: Dilworth Health and Wellness Fair

* When: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday

* Where: Dilworth Community Center, 709 1st Ave. N.W.

* Info: The fair is free and open to the public. The first 250 people will receive a free lunch. For more information on Loco Daze events, visit www.cityofdilworth.com/category/events.

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