The may be synonymous with the town's businesses, but residents should take note that the members of the Chamber care deeply for the people of Fairfield, too.
That's why the Chamber's Health and Wellness Committee decided it was time to bring back the Fairfield Wellness Revolution Health Fair, which takes place Saturday in the Whole Foods Market parking lot.
The fair -- free of charge -- will play host to many health, fitness, and wellness vendors from town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the rain date is Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Representatives from gyms and health clubs, doctors, and other health practitioners will be on hand to provide free screenings, coupons for services, fitness demonstrations, and samples.
"As a chamber, we owe it to the town of Fairfield," Rose Corr, chair of the Chamber's board of directors, said. "The Chamber may be about the businesses in town, but it goes hand-in-hand with taking care of the people of Fairfield -- it's the people who bring the business."
The chamber sponsored the first Wellness Revolution Health Fair in 2008 at . The event brought together approximately 80 vendors and drew in 2,000 visitors, according to Dr. Robert Kipp of in Southport.
Kipp and his wife Susan, a former special education teacher at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, were appointed by the Chamber in 2008 and again this year to put together the fair. The couple resides in Stratford.
"It's something that's needed, so we put it together," Kipp said.
The fair is not only a way to showcase the health and wellness-based businesses in town to its residents and neighbors, Kipp added, but provides services that might be difficult to get, considering the rising costs of health care.
"This might be the opportunity to get checked out, or spur people to get back on track," Kipp said. "Vendors will be there to show what people can do to help themselves...it also gives people the opportunity to meet local doctors."
There will also be vendors from local businesses that represent other "facets of someone's life," Kipp said, "like financial health and religious health," among other areas.
Attendees can expect to see fitness demonstrations, a dance demonstration, participate in posture screenings and other health checks, and hear some live music provided by Music Together of Fairfield County, among other activities.
"Fairfield has been a wonderful community to us," Susan Kipp said. "This will let people know what Fairfield has to offer."
[Editor's Note: Health, fitness, and/or wellness-based businesses who would like to be participate in Saturday's fair should contact Susan Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Sept. 6 to sign up as a vendor.]