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Healthy fundraiser returns
Purple Palooza growing larger
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Forsyth County News
Purple Palooza, a combination fall festival and health fair, returns Saturday for a second year.

Organized by Medica Forsyth Imaging Center, it promises to be bigger than last year’s event. So big, in fact, Cathy Cathey said it outgrew its former home.

“It’s gotten so large we’re having it across the street and to the left of us,” said Cathey, physician liaison with the center.

“Last year we had it and it was real successful, but on a smaller scale. But this year, it has blossomed into a full festival, which we’re thrilled about.
This was our intention from the beginning.”

Attractions for children include a slide, rock climbing wall, inflatables and fair-type food. Entertainment includes a barber shop quartet, Forsyth Central High School’s drum line, a bluegrass group and local favorite the Laura Simon Band.

While the event may feel like a fall festival, nearly 40 area physicians ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics will be on hand to answer questions and conduct screenings.

Guests can have their blood pressure checked, get a flu shot or be screened for asthma, among other ailments.

“A lot of people need these tests and screenings done, but can’t afford it,” Cathey said. “It’s sort of our way of giving back to the community ... It’s nothing more than thanking the community.”

The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 925 Sanders Road. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cumming Civitan Club.

For more information, e-mail or call (678) 845-2150.