501 Life Magazine | World Polio Day on Oct. 24
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World Polio Day on Oct. 24

World Polio Day will be observed in Conway on Wednesday, Oct. 24, with activities at Laurel Park. 

The event is sponsored by the Conway Morning Rotary Club, the Conway Rotary Club, area Rotaract Clubs (college-aged members) and the St. Joseph Interact Club (high school-aged members). The public is invited.

The observation will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Splash Pad Pavilion (located on the south side of the park) and will include a “Proclamation on World Polio Day” by Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Rotary Pavilion at the Splash Pad, a “Paint Your Pinkie Purple” tent, games and free food.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, water and soft drinks will be provided by area banks with ice cream provided by Purple Cow.

Y107 Radio will broadcast from the event, and KATV’s Barry Brandt will be broadcasting weather from the location.

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International more than a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first medical team to develop a vaccine against polio. It is a primary initiative of Rotary International to help eradicate polio worldwide.