Harvest Festival features stuffed animal clinic, pumpkin patch, Zucchini 500


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Kelsey Turner, ARNP, of Pediatrics in Brevard look forward to giving physical exams to stuffed animals at the Oct. 20 Harvest Festival. Children are urged to bring their furry friends.

VIERA VOICE Jill Blue

While many children will bring their scarecrows to the Kids Mini-Crow Building Contest on Oct. 20 at the Avenue Viera, some will bring a not-so-healthy friend from home. Or, this friend might just want a little fresh air and to hear the bluegrass music of the Penny Creek Band.

Pediatrics in Brevard is sponsoring the Ted E. Bear Clinic for children to bring their Teddy Bear or other stuffed animals for their annual physical.

“The Ted E. Bear Clinic is just a fun way to introduce children to medical exams,’’ said Dr. Mary Ulrich of Pediatrics in Brevard. “If they understand it’s OK and safe to examine the Teddy Bears, then they are less anxious when our pediatric providers examine them.’’

The exams also might prompt a child to become a doctor in the future.

“It’s fascinating to watch the children replicate a medical exam while being introduced to exam tools such as stethoscopes and otoscopes (for examining the ear canal),’’ Ulrich said. “Overall, the Ted E. Bear Clinic is a learning experience for the kids.”

There will be no shortage of doctors from Pediatrics in Brevard willing to perform the exams at the Harvest Festival.

“At Pediatrics in Brevard, we believe these types of community outreach events are a great way to introduce our practice to the community, while also visiting with existing  pediatric patients,” Ulrich said.

“We participated in the Harvest Festival last year and had a great turnout for the Ted E. Bear Clinic. So, we wanted to participate again this year. The kids absolutely love examining the Teddy Bears. It was fun watching them take the examinations so seriously. The Teddy Bear exams give the kids a comfort level with the providers.”

After the Teddy Bears are examined, the children can take them to the pumpkin patch. Fresh Market is sponsoring the pumpkin patch, where children will be given pumpkins to decorate.

“I love to see the interaction of the kids and how excited they get,’’ said Mike Paholik, a spokesman for Fresh Market. “It’s just perfect to have it 10, 11 days before Halloween. They can really get into Halloween.’’

The Zucchini 500 car race has been a fixture since the inaugural Harvest Festival. Children will build their own race cars from aerodynamic green squash complete with axles and wheels.

Pizza Gallery & Grill will sponsor the Zucchini 500.

“At Pizza Gallery, food becomes art,’’ said Chris Conneen,

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