NEWTON, NJ - The Sussex County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its annual Family Fest on the lower athletic field of Sussex County Community College on Saturday, May 4.
“The event promotes wellness initiatives, keeping people active and the brand new trail run event coming up,” Tammie Horsfield, President of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, told The Alternative Press.
Several health and fitness organizations attended the event including the Atlantic Health Helicopter which arrived on the scene at noon and left around 1:30 p.m.
Newton Medical Center attended with free screenings and health pamphlets containing important information for those interested.
The Newton Medical Center vendors included stroke awareness, rehabilitation, behavioral health, radiology, community health, diabetes, nutrition, maternal child health, CPR information, pharmacy, heart center, lung capacity, report child abuse and family first aid.
Other health professionals in Sussex County who attended the event included; Sussex County Office of Public Health, Special Child Health Services, Animal Hospital of Sussex County, Branchville Chiropractic, Homestead Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, and blood pressure taken by Sussex County Community College nursing students.
St. Clare's Health system displayed on their table tubes with salt and sugar within them. The tubes were labeled accordingly with certain foods we eat on a daily basis, or purchase through fast food, to encourage families to think about what they are eating.
Brittany Gallant of Family Drug Shops is currently attending the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and finishing her third year.
Gallant came home this weekend to help her mother, Marion, a pharmacist at Family Drug Shops to help promote the business located on Mill Street in Newton by giving away bandages, magnets and other promotional goodies.
Blue Ridge Rescue Squad was selling flowers for Mother’s Day on May 12, and Hilltop Country Day School sold recycled self-watering planters.
“The fourth graders just did a huge project on it about the environment,” explained Courtney Stafford, Director of Admissions at Hilltop Country Day School.
Motion Evolution let children use mats and tiny trampolines to work out, while Intrepid Strength and Conditioning Cross-Fit Training held a cross fit demo, the Sussex County YMCA held a Zumba and boot camp demo and Quantum Wellness held a Crystal Bowl Concert, that showed the benefits of energy therapy.
Fire Departments included Newton, Sussex and Fredon. There was also Sussex County Community College Public Safety Training Academy, Incident Management and the Sussex County Sheriff with D.A.R.E to resists drugs and violence for minors.
Newton and Sussex Fire Departments battled one another in a round of tug of war, while Snokey the Bear watched the rope in the middle. The captain and five members of the Newton Fire Department won and received gift cards.
A trophy was awarded to the Fredon Volunteer Fire Department for having the best fire truck based on “cleanliness, bling, presentation, and spirit.”
The people’s choice winner for the best in show was Newton Fire Department.
A pie throw also took place for those of all ages to participate in. One throw was $3 and two throws $5 with all proceeds benefiting the Sussex County Chamber scholarships.
Those who had a pie thrown in their face included: Bruce Tomlinson, Editor of the New Jersey Herald; Richard Vohden, Sussex County Freeholder; James Borasio, WNNJ Radio Personality;, Gary Larson, Candidate for Sussex County Freeholder and Frankford Township Committee Member, and Rob Nicholson, President of Eastern Propane.
“I want to thank you all for coming to Family Fest. It is a young event and still growing,” Horsfield said to the crowd.
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