Tap into Wellness Community Health Fair

April 4, 2016

Saturday, April 16, is the 3rd Annual Ladysmith Main Street’s Sugar Bush Festival featuring the Tap into Wellness Community Health Fair! This year’s Sugar Bush Festival will showcase a pancake breakfast, maple syrup cooking contest, maple product, art and craft vendors, as well as a free community health fair facilitated by Rusk County Memorial Hospital.

The festival will begin with the pancake breakfast and maple syrup vendor sales in the Ladysmith Fire Hall at 8:00 am. Local residents are encouraged to enter in the Maple Syrup Cooking Contest, and are asked to bring their dish to the Ladysmith Fire Hall by 9:30 am. Interested individuals should visit for contest guidelines and an entry form. Exhibitor booth applications, available at, are still being accepted.

The free health fair will run from 8:30 am to noon in the Ladysmith Main Street District. It will offer health screenings, including bone density, diabetic lab draws, blood pressures, balance testing, Body Mass Index (height/weight ratio) and work station evaluations. The health fair will feature wellness resources including a meet & greet with Clinic at Riverside providers Dr. Linda Klein and family nurse practitioner Gigi LaBelle, as well as information on sleep studies, smoking cessation, advance directives and healthy foods. Health fair goers are encouraged to visit the giant inflatable colon to learn about the importance of colon health and regular colonoscopies to prevent colon cancer.

Other local wellness resources will provide information on dental care, immunizations, alcohol and drug awareness and memory screenings. Many of the businesses in the downtown district will feature specials or events to join in the celebration. For your listening pleasure, the Ladysmith High School Jazz Band will be performing in Centennial Square from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Rusk County Sports and Rec will be facilitating a “Running of the Saps” Kids Race at 11:00 am with registration at 10:30 am. The race will begin near Miner Theatre and end near City Hall. Participants in the race will have the opportunity to take home a maple sapling. Due to the race, Miner Avenue will be closed to traffic from West 2nd Street to East 2nd Street for the duration of the health fair. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to view karate demonstrations by the participants in the 2015-2016 Karate American classes in the Miner Ave pocket park. Interested students can also sign up for the upcoming Soccer Saturdays to learn basic soccer skills and prepare for possible league play this fall.

Participants are encouraged to visit multiple healthcare booths to receive tickets to enter drawings for the chance to win a variety of prizes including a kayak, bicycles, Chamber Bucks, Fit bit, guided canoe tour and more! Maps with information on each of the booths will be available at the Ladysmith Fire Hall and throughout the downtown district.