Soberfest held at Faurot Park

First Posted: 9/20/2014

LIMA — The beer tent is usually the biggest attraction at most community festivals.

However, if you are looking for a more family-oriented, fun time, then there is still an event for you.

The Mental Health Recovery Services Board hosted the sixth annual Soberfest at Faurot Park on Sunday and had a large turnout. Event Chairwoman Laura Ulrick said the event is simply geared toward having a good time with family.

“It is an alternative that we offer to the traditional Octoberfest,” Ulrick said. “It is a place where families can come and have a good time and learn to do it without drugs or alcohol.”

Ulrick said the event is a way that they can give back to the community. Also, many other groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the YWCA, Allen County Juvenile Court and the Partnership for Violence Free Families were on hand to distribute information.

“The event encourages people to spend time with their families,” Ulrick said. “While they are here, they also get a chance to meet people from some of the agencies and interact with them.”

Just some of the many events include bingo, decorating your own cupcakes, balloon animals and story-telling from the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. The Limapost of the Ohio State Highway Patrol let children try out the “beer goggles” and there were free hot dogs and drinks available for everyone. Ulrick said they had already had several hundred people attend by 3 p.m. and had given away more than 300 hot dogs.

“Everyone seems to be happy with it,” Ulrick said. “There were a lot of kids and adults of all different ages and it gets them moving and exercising.”

The annual “Let’s Move” program aimed at getting kids to be more active was also tied into the event. The national program was started by first lady Michelle Obama in 2010 to help combat obesity. The Seventh Day Adventists Church has now taken over the program.

Let’s Move chairman Ed Hoffmeyer said anyone can participate in the program and they are encouraged to take on a minimum of six aerobic miles per week. A chart is given to each participant so they can easily convert several different activities to it’s aerobic mile equivalent.

“We have set a goal to reach 1 million aerobic miles by Jan. 1,” Hoffmeyer said. “Participants are encouraged to gradually work their way up to 15 aerobic miles per week.”

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