Mark your calendar! The Healthy Living Fair returns to Rochester on June 22. This year’s fair will be bigger and better than ever.
The third annual fair will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the east side of the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market at 4th Street and 4th Avenue Southeast. Admission is free.
Sponsored by Radish and Post-Bulletin, in partnership with the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market, the fair will bring together more than 35 businesses, each with a mission that ties into healthy living. The main purpose of the event is to help people connect with these businesses.
“Radish would like to educate our community on the benefits on living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle,” says Monica Hensley, senior media consultant for Radish and a lead coordinator of the fair. “We have so many different vendors, from chiropractic to healthy living coaches to energy saving ideas to traditional and non-traditional health care.”
The fair will also have demonstrations, live music, kids’ activities and food from Sontes.
The Rochester Area Family YMCA will kick off the morning with a Zumba demonstration on stage from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Zumba is a dance-based workout that uses high energy music and Latin-inspired choreography.
Then hear from Theresa French, a life strategy and resilience coach. From 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., she will discuss ways that you can create happiness in your life.
“Empowered with perspective and compassionate accountability, we help our clients redefine a broken definition of happiness and teach them R.E.A.L. skills for creating happiness in their lives through any situation or circumstance,” says French, owner of Theresa Talks.
CrossFit Unshackled owners Chris and Angie Mundt will take the stage with certified trainer Matt Ennis from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. They will demonstrate some CrossFit exercises with equipment such as kettlebells and plyo boxes.
“These workouts are designed to be easily modified for all levels of fitness ability,” says Angie.
Don’t miss Joel Karsten, an author and leading authority on straw bale gardening. He will lead a demo from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on how to use straw as a growing medium and container.
If you’re ready for a new hobby, you will want to hear Rochester Feed and Country Store staff explain the basics of how to raise chickens at home from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Their “Chickens 101” demonstration will cover the type of feed and equipment you will need and existing local rules pertaining to raising poultry.
The Misty Mountain Boys will share the sweet harmonies of their bluegrass music live throughout the fair. This will be their first performance in Rochester.
All members, ages 14 to 20, grew up on farms in southeast Minnesota. Their set list will include tunes from their recently released first album “Misty Mountain Junction,” which they recorded in Preston.
“We think bluegrass is really good music to share with family and friends and that’s what we try to do,” says band member Karl Weissing, who plays banjo and sings in the group.
Free kids’ activities will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Leaders will be the Rochester Area Family YMCA, the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, the University of Minnesota-Extension Master Gardeners of Olmsted County and Maier Tree and Lawn.
The Rochester Area Family YMCA will have an obstacle course.
“The Girl Scouts will be joining us with a science/math project,” says Hensley.
The Extension Master Gardeners will help children create concrete flower paperweights by pouring cement into a container and placing flowers in the cement.
Maier Tree and Lawn will invite kids to play as an arborist by spending time with trees. Trees serve the community by cleaning air and reducing storm water run-off.
Food from Sontes
Sontes will be the fair’s food vendor, offering $5 crepes with local asparagus, tomatoes, gruyere, spinach and oyster mushrooms. For $1.50 extra, you can add on Hart Farms bacon or flank steak.
“The chef, Trevor Garrett, uses homegrown food — farmers market food — and creates the most delicious meals!” says Hensley.
How to get there
Parking will be available across 4th Street SE, at Riverside Central Elementary School, at the Ironwood Building, at the County Courthouse/Government Center and at public parking ramps downtown.
Look for the yellow Smart Ride EcoTaxi, a pedicab service that offers rides in exchange for tips. They will be available to take people from parking lots to the fair. The fair will be connected to paved trails for those who prefer to walk or bike to get there.