Riverbank’s annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair is coming up on Saturday, hosted in conjunction with the weekly Farmers Market. The market and fair will run from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Cool Hand Luke’s, adjacent to the Galaxy 12 Theatres.
Local youngsters can receive free health, vision and hearing screenings, courtesy of the Riverbank Lions Club and there will also be a Library Story Time at the event with special guest Johnny Big Ears. A Bicycle Rodeo is planned for those eight-years-old and up, bicycle helmets required, and the first Youth Triathlon is also planned. That event will feature swimming, bicycling and running for youths.
All this activity will be going on in addition to the weekly market, which brings in fresh fruits and vegetables from around the region, along with a variety of gift and merchandise items, food and beverage vendors.
For those interested in taking part in the triathlon, you can sign up the day of the event at the Riverbank Community Pool starting at 7:30 a.m., with the triathlon starting at 8 a.m. with swimming as the first event. Pre-event registration can be done at the Casa del Rio, Riverbank Parks and Recreation Department or the Riverbank Teen Center.
This Saturday will be the final week for the community’s “Get Fit” program and all are welcome to come and enjoy the fun. The bike rodeo being offered as part of the day’s festivities is being put on by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and they will have free bike helmets to those who participate while supplies last.
The youth triathlon is open to those ages 8 to 18 and prizes include medals, T-shirts and other items.
Among the sponsors helping contribute to the day are Get Fit Riverbank, Oak Valley Hospital, The Y, University of California Cooperative Extension, Health Plan of San Joaquin, Riverbank Community Gardens and Golden Valley Health Centers.