The Kanza Health Clinic hosted the sixth annual Kanza Health Fair in Newkirk on Friday. Kaw Nation’s health clinic saw its biggest turnout yet with more than 400 attendees and 46 vendors.
“Some ladies from Arkansas City who do health fairs in Wichita and all over said that we have the best one. I think that’s because [Wellness Center Director] Ryan [Smykil] is our D.J. I think it’s the fun and the atmosphere,” said Health Director Jackie Dodson.
A couple organizations came to give health screenings. The Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit performed health screenings and the MobileSmiles Oklahoma van provided dental checkups.
Kanza Dental Clinic Dental Hygienist Tracie Moya, who helped with the MobileSmiles Oklahoma van, gave her daughter, Shailene, a cleaning.
“Shailene is going to get the works,” Moya said.
Moya noted that she worked on her children’s teeth when she worked at a dental clinic in Caldwell, Kan.
Also, the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s blood drive van arrived in the middle of the day, giving people the opportunity to donate blood.
Clarence the Cross-eyed Lion, who came with the Ponca City Noon Lions volunteers helping with the mobile health screening unit, brought cheer to everyone at the health fair.
The day kicked off with a one-mile fun walk, which had 130 participants. The first 100 were promised hooded sweatshirts.
Striding through the latter part of the walk with everyone far behind, Daniel Allen declared victory.
“I’ll be the first one back, the first one to get a ticket for the second time,” he said.
Many others were return visitors to the health fair.
“I’m 78 years old and I’ve been coming here ever since it started,” said Molly Walkingsky.
The Kaw Enterprise Development Authority sponsored a 40-inch LED TV giveaway, which Monica McChristian won. Leading up to the television, other door prizes were awarded by the Kanza Health Clinic, its programs, other Kaw Nation departments and vendors involved with the fair.