Resolutions and the New Year go hand in hand. Whether it’s losing weight, living a healthier life or deciding to volunteer, this is usually the time to start. Fairgrounds Manager Deborah Rogala and the crew at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds have put together a two-day event to encourage and help people with their resolutions.
The weekend events begin on Friday night with the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce presenting a Business After Hours reception. This reception showcases not only the many vendors that will be participating but also offers information about the Chamber itself.
Saturday’s events include many demonstrations by a variety of businesses, non-profits and other organizations. The DUI Task Force will be on hand with their Fatal Vision Goggles. People can see the impact of alcohol on their judgment without ever having a drink. Since stopping smoking is a frequent resolution, Tobacco Free Ravalli will be on hand to offer advice and tips on stopping smoking. There will be demonstrations on self-defense, skin care, cooking and eating healthy, and fly-casting.
Rogala was excited that the Lions Club would be on hand so people could bring in their old prescription glasses. The glasses are then recycled to people all over the world that need glasses.
“I had no idea this could be done,” she said. “What a great way to get rid of your old glasses and help a great cause.”
The RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) will be recruiting so if you’re looking to volunteer but don’t really know where, stop by and see what the valley needs. The Soroptimists will present a short program on Human Sex Trafficking as well as letting people know about everything else they do. The Bitterroot Valley Gem & Mineral Society will have an exhibit and there will be a demonstration on train safety.
Friday night’s events are from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, the hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Fairgrounds at 363-3411.