By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON - The Mingo County Diabetes Coalition and 10 other organizations will host their 2nd Annual Block Party on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Williamson Farmer’s Market.
The market is located near the intersection of Second Avenue and Vinson Street beside the floodwall.
The block party is targeted at local youth, with a focus on health education, healthy living and being active.
Last year the turnout was around 300, so this year it is expected that at least 250 local residents will attend.
The schedule of events is as follows:
At 5:30 p.m. music will be played from an IPhone for participants to enjoy, while at 6 p.m. the food will be served.
Also at 6, the booths and activities will open, including a rock wall, garden workshop, crafts, foursquare and general health education for the public. Other games that will be set up include corn hole and a water balloon toss.
At 6:15 p.m. a 30-minute Zumba session will be taught by Dawn Mills.
At 6:45 p.m. a 10-minute Hatfield & McCoy skit will be performed by Mingo Central High School, and Vicki Hatfield will recognize the SEDI Patient A1c Champions.
At 7 p.m. there will be live music by Bridgekid and door-prize winners will be called out for the education area.
At 8 p.m. there will be live music by Glen Simpson and Glen Dillon, and more door-prize winners will be called out for the education area.
The event is scheduled to end at 9 p.m.
Free education booths will be set up by the following organizations: Williamson Memorial Hospital with a first aid booth, Williamson Health & Wellness Center with Clinic sign-ups, S.T.O.P. with substance abuse education, DaVita Dialysis with kidney health education, Mingo County Autism Association with autism awareness information, Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health with Robin Weiner Mental Health, City Gym with Mike Perry’s physical activity clinic, Medicaid/Voter’s Registration sign-ups run by Chad Webb, Williamson First Baptist Church with a garden workshop, Mingo County Diabetes Coalition with health information and crafts by Gina Justice, Change the Future West Virginia with health education information, and a face-painting station run by Kelly Browning.
Vendors will be selling soaps, lotions, cookbooks, healthy smoothies and other beverages.
To encourage everyone to attend the educational booths, check-off cards will be used. A card with six check marks from six different booths is eligible for the door prize drawing in the Education area (at 7 and 8 p.m.).
For more information on upcoming events, contact Health and Wellness promoter Kayla Whitt at (304) 235-3400.
This event is sponsored by the Salvation Army and PRIDE.