PUBLISHED: 3:38 PM on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sitka Fun Fair seeks activity partners
The second annual Sitka Fun Fair is looking for local organizations willing to coordinate physical activities during the April 21 event.

The Sitka Fun Fair is designed to help Sitka residents find fun and creative ways to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.

Local businesses and other organizations open up their facilities to the community, so people can try an activity to see if it would be something they want to pursue later.

The Sitka Fun Fair is co-sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska, the SEARHC Lifestyle Balance and the SEARHC Diabetes programs.

At last year's Sitka Fun Fair, businesses and other organizations hosted open gyms, an open golf course driving range, history hikes, yoga classes, surfing lessons, Tlingit dance lessons, a visit (by traditional Tlingit canoe) to a Tlingit culture camp, a trail cleaning party, a softball tournament, car seat safety checks and the inflatible castle for kids.

This year's Sitka Fun Fair takes place on Saturday, April 21, with a multitude of events at various locations and times throughout Sitka. It concludes at 7 p.m. Saturday night with a "Dancing Through the Decades" event, where a local disc jockey plays 30-minute blocks of tunes from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and on to modern times.

Besides opening their doors to host events and demonstrations, businesses and organizations also can donate money to help with expenses, they can offer free lessons or discounts to customers who try their events, or they can partner with other organizations to host an event.

Local businesses also can show their support for the Sitka Fun Fair by sponsoring 30-minute wellness breaks on Friday, April 20, or Saturday, April 21, so employees can walk, stretch, do yoga, etc. Remember, there are 1,440 minutes in a day, so let's make 30 of them active.

If you are interested in partnering with the Sitka Fun Fair, please contact event organizer Renae Mathson of the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program at 966-8797 or by e-mail at Events associated with the Sitka Fun Fair will be listed in promotional materials developed for the fair.