Community Fall Fair
Where: Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo
-South of the hospital, 940 north in the parking lot
When: Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.
Cost: Free everything
When Utah Valley residents needed a hospital in the mid-1930s, they rallied around the fundraising efforts and raised the necessary funds as a community. Now 75 years later, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center hopes the community will rally around them once again — but this time it’s for a party.
“We wanted to recognize and honor the fact that the hospital has been here for 75 years,” said Janet Frank, UVRMC spokesperson. “In looking back at the history that has been written about Utah Valley, it was definitely a community effort that brought the hospital into existence in 1939.”
To celebrate, UVRMC has invited the community to join the hospital in celebrating their 75 years of service with a Community Fall Fair on Saturday, Oct. 11.
The event includes free food (hot dogs, donuts and apples), a chance to see the LifeFlight helicopters up close, face painting, photo booths (with props to make you your doctor/nurse finest), different competitions around the number 75 (sit-ups in 75 seconds, etc.), games and more.
Plus, the LiVe Well Jump Rope team will perform twice.
One of the largest games at the fair will bring back childhood memories of tweezers and loud buzzing noises telling you that you’ve made a mistake — the giant life-size Operation game. The 7 foot long board game is played the same way as the classic game except, instead of tweezers, players use giant salad tongs. Players still need to be cautious because, if they make a mistake while removing a bone, the game will still buzz.
The fair is also a chance to recognize all of the good UVRMC has made in the community, which will be remembered through pictures displaying the history of the hospital and a cake showing the changes from the 1939 hospital to today’s hospital.
“We are already looking forward to the future of the hospital.” Frank said. “So we thought it was a good time to celebrate the past, but be excited for what was coming in the future.”
Over the past few months, the hospital has been preparing for the Community Fall Fair by collecting stories from hospital patients and finding all of the babies born at UVRMC. More than 240,000 babies have been born at the hospital, so that’s a lot of names to collect. If you know a baby born at UVRMC, you can add it to the list here.
For more information on the Community Fall Fair, visit intermountainhealthcare.org.