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Eileen Gorman, of Milford, looks on with her daughter Seana Wheaton, 5, and Wheaton's cousin Callista Kopta, 6, as Valentine the Clown creates a balloon animal at the 5th annual Healthy Family FunFest at The Aqua Turf Club Sunday. | Molly Callahan/Record-Journal
Junior Miss Southington Autumn Sheffy, 16, performs a song at the 5th annual Healthy Family Funfest at The Aqua Turf Club in the Plantsville section of Southington Sunday. | Molly Callahan/Record-Journal

Crowds flock to Southington’s Healthy Family Funfest


SOUTHINGTON — More than a thousand people took advantage of the mild weather Sunday and attended the fifth annual Healthy Family Funfest at the Aqua Turf Club.

The event, which attracted 2,300 visitors last year, is a joint effort by Central Connecticut Health Services, the Hospital of Central Connecticut, and the Southington YMCA. Health screenings, nutrition information, car seat safety checks, raffles, live entertainment, and a mobile petting zoo were among the offerings.

Town resident Kristina Andres and her daughter Olivia Walton, 5, were in line for the petting zoo. Though Olivia was eager to see the animals, she said her favorite part of the day was seeing Valentine the Clown, a longtime favorite at local birthday parties and events.

Andres said it was her first time at the Funfest. “It’s a good way to keep the kids active,” she said.

“Our motto is, ‘Good health, great partnership,’ ” YMCA Executive Director John Myers said of the three groups behind the event.

“We wanted to provide something that benefited everyone’s health and provide an answer for that cabin fever everyone’s feeling.”

Cholesterol and bone density screenings were among the offerings at the approximately 200 booths.

“I won’t say that we’re saving lives, but we’ve definitely alerted people to issues that they’ll take up with their physicians,” Myers said.

Leanna Mackin, an exercise instructor conducting cholesterol screenings, said she’d been busy all day.

“It’s a good thing to have checked, and it only takes seven minutes here,” she said.

Sponsors of the Healthy Family Funfest included the Record-Journal, The Southington Citizen, the New Britain Herald, the Bristol Press and Eterna Vita Medspa of Southington.



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