CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- During the first 20 minutes Paula Clere spent at the community fair in Quincy on Saturday, she'd had her blood pressure checked, looked at the ambulance on display and scoped out a place to get hot dogs.
The Cabin Creek resident and her son and nephew, both 10, also planned to do some shopping.
"It's fun to get out," Clere said.
The Eastern Kanawha County Health and Recreation Committee sponsored a community fair Saturday in the Walmart parking lot to raise awareness about their desire to put a community health and recreation center in the area. The fair featured food, arts and crafts, and music, and members of the health and recreation committee also surveyed fair-goers about their exercise habits.
Fred Joseph, an organizer of the fair, said the event was a means of peaking people's interests in a recreation center.
"Obviously, the most difficult thing is getting the community involved," he said, "and that's what we hope to have."
There were about 25 booths at the fair, many of which were run by other organizations looking to fundraise.
Sherry Finlen of Belle was selling exercise and nutrition products, such as workout videos and Shakeology mixes. She's a coach through Beachbody, a national company that offers personalized fitness training.
Finlen said the health fair was "interesting. There's so many obese people in this Valley," she said.
Next to her booth, moms of Cedar Grove Middle School cheerleaders scooped chili out of crock pots and spooned it onto hot dogs topped with mustard.