Get free vaccines and screenings in Salt Lake City on Friday, Saturday

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Health care volunteer Thom Haslam checks the vital signs of 4-year-old Skylar Dumas at the 18th annual Junior League Care Fair at Horizonte Center in Salt Lake City Friday, July 9, 2010.

Every year, Lisa Mietchen gets teary-eyed seeing the line of people waiting before the doors open on the first day of CARE Fair.

The Community Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair offers free physical exams, dental cleanings, child and adult immunizations, disease screenings and mental health assessments to patients of all ages on first-come, first-served basis.

"We have people every year say, ‘What would we do without this?’ or ‘Where would we go?’" said Mietchen, a longtime volunteer with the fair’s creator, Junior League of Salt Lake City.

What started 25 years ago as free immunizations for about 300 children has transformed into a community resource that has served nearly 70,000 people. This year’s fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in Salt Lake City.

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