Update: Eldon School District's Fit and Fun Fair is CANCELLED for April 22 due to weather. They hope to reschedule in the future and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Update: Eldon School District's Fit and Fun Fair is CANCELLED for April 22 due to weather. They hope to reschedule in the future and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. 

Lake area residents are invited to join the community of Eldon on Saturday for a ribbing cutting ceremony for its new BMX bike track and the “Fit & Fun Earth Day Fair.”

Located at the Eldon South School Playground, the BMX track was first discussed in 2015 and constructed over the last year after Michele Griswold, healthy community coordinator at Capital Region Medical Center, had begun bouncing ideas around for a new healthy community activity.

“We were wanting to do an after school program, we have LEAP which is before and after school programs like robotics and arts,” Griswold told the Lake Sun in 2015. “We kept hearing requests to start a BMX bike club, but we would also like the community to be able to use it.”

Now residents and students alike will have the opportunity to check out the new bike track on Saturday, April 22, when Capital Region Healthy Communities, Mustang Wellness and Missouri’s Healthy Schools Healthy Communities hosts its Fit & Fun Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“We encourage everyone to bring your bike and ride the track and enjoy lots of activities!” Griswold said recently. “We will also be giving away bikes and helmets in a drawing that day.”

Following the bike track ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m., there will be plenty of activities for kids to partake in. These activities will include, bubbles, big wheel bikes, building and painting from SPI Enterprises, a petting zoo from Callaway Kids Farm, Integrity Dance & Yoga with Pam Cooper, hula hooping, jump roping, sidewalk chalk, kids planting and bike safety from Eldon Police Department and Eldon Fire Department.

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) empowers communities to build a healthier future for children and families across Missouri. An initiative of Missouri Foundation for Health, HSHC brings together schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and residents to identify and push for changes that increase access to healthy food and physical activity where our kids live, learn, and play.

Eldon is one of 12 HSHC collaborations in the state creating healthy opportunities for kids in the classroom, on the playground, at home, and throughout the community. For more information about the event, please contact Michele Griswold at MGriswold@crmc.org or 573-392-8020 ext. 1251.