WILLCOX — Willcox’s inaugural Health and Safety Fair greeted roughly 300 individuals from within the community, a terrific showing for a first-time event, according to organizers.

“I’m absolutely floored with the amount of support that came out. I’d like to thank the community members that came out and the different agencies that took their time to meet the public,” said Willcox Director of Public Safety Dale Hadfield. “I think it was a great collaboration to show the type of resources there are for everybody.”

The fair was located in Keiller Park on Tuesday afternoon, including multiple booths by Willcox Against Substance Abuse (WASA), Sonoran Prevention Works, Safford Lions Club — which provided 60 free eye screenings — as well as first responder agencies in the area.

Hosted by the Willcox City Police Department, there were educational presentations available for adult and child attendees. The Willcox community pool was also open during the safety fair. Hot dogs and drinks were donated and offered free to attendees of the event.

“I’m amazed at the turnout, and I’m thrilled that the community came out to see what is here for them and to get to know the local organizations,” said event attendee and Willcox City Councilwoman Terry Rowden. “I think if they do this every year, it will grow to be even bigger.”

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