The annual McDuffie County Health Fair not only enabled a Boneville woman to get some medical tests, but it earned her some much-needed cash in the process.
Mamie Higdon won $100 in a drawing at the health fair. All who visited the educational exhibits were entered into the drawing, which was sponsored by Beggs Funeral Home.
Ms. Higdon said she will use the money to have her dirt road scraped.
"It's washed away with all the rain we've had. It needs to be fixed," she said.
Beggs Funeral Home Director Keith Beggs said he thinks the health fair is good for the community because it offers so many medical tests for free or reduced prices.
"I've been coming to the health fair every year for the past five years," Ms. Higdon said. "They send the test results to my doctor. It must do some good, because I've been healthy for five years."
Dot Cofer has organized the health fair for the past 32 years. The annual event offers blood chemistry tests and lipid panels, vision, hearing and dental checks, thyroid, glucose, cancer and blood pressure screenings, lung function and oxygen level tests, asthma screenings and education, bone density tests, orthopedic surgery education, and over 30 health educational exhibits or vendor booths. Admission has always been free.
Next year's health fair will be on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Thomson High School.