OKALOOSA ISLAND: Get in shape, take a picture, consult and get a job.
Obtaining will be good at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center on Saturday, May 22, when Paradise Promotions will host the Emerald Coast Heath Fair and Business Fair.
Since spring shows across the Gulf Coast have canceled events this year, the program at the Convention Center is presented as a “Jack of All Trades” festival that offers a little, or even a lot, for everyone, according to organizer Wes Fell.
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This event would traditionally have been the Health Fair that Paradise Promotions had organized for five years before last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic closed it all, Fell said.
It was also decided to bring booths and exhibits home after the local Business Industry Association had to cancel its annual event, Fell said. He added that he still intends to organize his 23rd annual program at home in September.
“There’s a level of excitement around this event. I get a lot of calls from people saying, ‘It’s time we opened the community,'” Fell said. “A lot of people want to go out.”
Fell said he expects “1,000 or more people” to attend the health fair and the business fair.
“It’s the first big event we have in Okaloosa County since COVID,” he said.
The Health Fair and the Business Exhibition will run from 9 am to 5 pm. Although the convention center removed all masking and distancing requirements by the time the governor declared the state open, Fell said the stands will remain 6 feet apart.
The companies will set up a store alongside health professionals who will provide wellness assessments and advice on issues such as hearing, vision, dental care, weight loss, acupuncture, chiropractic, women’s health, massages, facilities for the elderly and assisted, medical insurance, gym members, health clinics, resources for pregnancy, hospice care and counseling, according to a press release promoting the event.
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Attendees in the industry will include real estate companies, kitchen and bathroom specialists and experts in home remodeling, house cleaning, furniture, fine arts and photography, Fell said.
Nonprofits like Homes for Heroes, Children in Crisis and United for Good Cause will also have stands, he added.
“Promoters and sellers will give away thousands of dollars in door prizes and gift items,” Fell said in the press release.
There will also be special discounts on home shows and retailers will be available with special sales and discussions on home business opportunities. Some providers will also accept job applications.
For more information about the event, visit Paradisepromotionsfl.com.