Nov. 4 was truly a fun morning at the Ponce de Leon Center during the Breakfast and Evening Lions fourth-annual Diabetes Walk, Health Fair and Costumed Dog Parade. Serving as master of ceremonies was Diane Upchurch.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month for Lions around the world. Proceeds of this year’s event will benefit the American Diabetes Association of Arkansas, JDRF of Little Rock and other organizations for blind or visually impaired individuals.
While hikers glided along the Hernando Trail and questions were answered about treating diabetes by health care professionals, it was all the wagging tails of man’s best friends who stole the show during the “Tails ‘N Trails” costumed dog parade.  
Webster, a rescued and adopted dog from HSV Pet Care Center, owned by Bill Sullivan, was selected as “Super Dog,” or Best of Show. Webster works as a therapy pet at Heartland Nursing Home in Benton.
His willingness to be petted by nearly everyone at the Health Fair helped earn 11-year-old Zack, the Mr. Congeniality award. Carol and Dave DeGraff have walked Zack in their HSV neighborhood for 10-plus years.
Peanut, owned by Village board director Lion George Parker, won the “waggiest” tail award, while a rescued dog named Buddy, dressed as a Lion and owned by Dottie Stewart, was selected Best Dressed.
Some 12 dogs walked in the parade organized by Lion Linda Walker. There was even a photo booth for the fur babies and parents.
Visitors were able to speak with approximately 15 health care professionals and service providers, such as Village Health Mart and Ouachita Foot and Ankle concerning diabetes issues and prevention.
Diabetes educators from CHI St. Vincent-Hot Springs tested blood sugar levels, a key measure in determining diabetes.  Many attendees also received flu shots, administered by Walgreens.
Dr. Bob Zepecki of All Pet Center, Pat Bollier of RE/MAX of Hot Springs Village, Eyecare Specialties, and Ike Eisenhower Insurance were the top event sponsors.
HSV’s Amateur Radio Club volunteers helped ensure safety of trail walkers.