A theme this year was women’s health. Several health care facilities offered complimentary osteoporosis screenings and blood pressure checks. Information was offered about mammography, dental care, vision care, post-surgical prosthetics and Botox treatments.
The live Botox demonstration was performed by registered nurse Kay Smith of the Ophthalmic Association of Western Kentucky. She used a small syringe to inject Botox into the facial muscles of Melodie Thomas.
“It’s a purified protein injected into the muscles, where it stops movement. It’s very popular and safe. Women love it because it removes wrinkles,” Smith said of the procedure.
According to Smith, Botox has been employed since the late 1970’s to treat an ophthalmic condition called “blepharospasm,” an involuntary wrinkling caused by spasm of eyelid muscles. “We treated with Botox and found that people observed fewer wrinkles.”
Thomas, a resident of Crofton said that the procedure was the first such she has undergone. “There was a little needle prick and that’s it. A bee or wasp sting is worse. This was over in a few minutes.
The procedure costs $300 per treatment, and lasts for an average of three or four months.
Marilyn Miller of Hopkinsville observed the demonstration with interest. “This is really interesting. I want to try it, and find out about some of her other skincare products,” she said of Smith.
22 year TCEH volunteer Laura Olinger declared the event a rousing success. “It’s great seeing all the merchants in this area participating. I think of how fortunate we are to see so many people interested in homemaking in Trigg County. The show is really growing. You can see how many organizations are here this year.”
In addition to health care, the show featured samples of food with tips on how to prepare the dishes. Supplies for the modern homemaker including appliances and gadgets, crafts, and jewelry were sold, modeled and displayed for visitors. Baked goods were sold alongside vacuum cleaners. Clubs and organizations displayed their activities and local and state candidates were on hand asking for votes.
Several groups and businesses held raffles for attendees. Some of the plethora of prizes included a six-piece luggage set, gift certificates, and a night’s stay at the Lake Barkley Lodge.