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Family AfFair brings communities, families together

March 18, 2019 GMT

SCOTTVILLE — It’s all about bringing families and communities together at Family AfFair, and that’s exactly what area businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies did Saturday at Mason County Central High School.

The 28th annual free community event drew hundreds of kids, families and local community leaders to the school at 10 a.m. to peruse booths set up and staffed by dozens of local agencies.

Kids leapt into bounce houses, hula-hooped and played games in the hallways, gymnasiums and classrooms throughout the high school.

The theme of this year’s event was Let’s Get Groovy: Spectacular Health Families, and several participants could be seen in ’60s garb, circled shades and tie-dyed shirts.

The health element of the theme was exemplified by the winner of this year’s Most Interactive Booth award, Spectrum Health of Ludington and the Veggie Van of the greater Grand Rapids area YMCA.

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The organizations collaborated for the event, bringing a van full of fresh fruits and vegetables for attendees to take home, along with information about the importance of healthy eating, nutrition, supporting local farmers and food accessibility.

Angela Taylor, Family AfFair chair, said the Veggie Van was a standout that offered something special to attendees.

“The effort on part of Spectrum Health of Ludington to partner with the Veggie Van out of greater Grand Rapids, and their ability to explain the importance of healthy eating, has just been icing on the cake for our families today,” Taylor said. “Especially with all the winter blues and blahs that everyone’s suffering from … It’s been great to see the smiles on the kids’ faces as they look at everything they’re getting in the bags.”

Read the full story in Monday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition.