Heat and smoke keep some away, but thousands still turn out for free services and supplies.

JENNIFFER GRANT/MADRAS PIONEER - Pablo and Jonathan Solis play on the climbing wall at the park during the Our Community event.Numbers were slightly down, due to a heat wave, but an estimated 3,500 people still attended the Our Community in the Park event, which celebrated its 10th year in Madras.

"We were down about 10 percent, probably due to 100-plus temperatures and the air quality," said Gary Buss, one of the organizers.

"But everything came off perfectly," he said, noting scores of volunteers provided all kinds of free services, including 104 haircuts, 180 family photos, and relaxing massages in four massage tents.

"There were 71 diabetes checks done, and several people were found with high blood sugar levels. The Mosaic Medical booth was busy, and when I got to the park at 6 a.m., there were five people in line at the dental van," Buss said.

"It was an incredible day, people were blessed and we were all dog tired when it was done," Buss said.

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