Wellness Fair returns to Baillie House
Back by popular demand, Merritt’s second annual Health and Wellness Fair will take place this Saturday in the Baillie House garden from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Featuring organic food samples, yoga demonstrations and free mini energy healings, the fair will give locals the opportunity to explore wellness options available in Merritt.
Over 250 people attended the event last year and organizer Maryann Bowles said locals began asking quite early if there would be another one.
“They enjoyed being exposed to things they didn’t know were around last year and there was a really friendly atmosphere,” she said.
Twenty-six businesses and individuals offering health and wellness related services had booths in last year’s fair. For Saturday’s event, the booth count is already up to 30, featuring Footprints Harvest Organic Produce, the Good Earth Company, Pharmasave, a representative from the BC Gambling Program and Merritt’s new acupuncturist Hong Chung among others.
The Baillie House will be selling organic herbs and teas and will be providing a healthy lunch for $5 prepared by Hiro Yasuda.
“Lunch will be on a first come first serve basis,” said Sandy Curnow, Baillie House manager.
Curnow said the fair attracted a lot of drive-by traffic last year, and added that organizers are hoping the byelection and Nicola Valley Farmers’ Market will help to attract guests as well.
“The [health and wellness fair] is a great place to drop in after voting and visiting the market,” said Bowles. “The Baillie House is such a perfect place for the wellness fair and the annual sale is on too.”
The Health and Wellness Fair is free to the public and will include door prizes, free samples and demonstrations, and tarot card readings for a small price.
“It’s an incredible celebration for mind, body and spirit,” said Mischelle Pierce, who featured her Riverwinde retreats and workshops last year. “It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people.”