PALMETTO -- It was just your typical "manly" Saturday checking out cars and motorcycles, shooting guns -- and having your vision, hearing and spine checked.
Well, maybe not what most guys planned on doing on a Saturday, but a trip to the first Guy Expo at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto seemed to please the masses.
"I'm getting a little older, so I'm trying to be more conscious about my health," said Jonathon Bentley.
The 31-year-old decided to take advantage of many of the free health screenings after experiencing some issues with high blood pressure and kidney stones.
"A lot of the things here were a couple decades ahead still, but I'm the kind of person that likes to have information," he said.
The Guys Expo was sponsored by the Urology Partners of Bradenton.
"The way we looked at this was it was an opportunity to help the community and to let them know we are here," said Dr. Sean Castellucci.
To do that, the doctors group decided to sponsor the event combining fun
with health, he said.
"We have something for everyone," Castellucci said. "People can bring out their children or significant other but still be able to learn a lot."
The event included vintage and sports cars and Harley Davidsons, craft beer and poker games.
The hope is to make this an annual event, Castelluci said.
Organizers were very impressed with the turnout.
"There are so many of these events for women, men won't go to these health fairs," organizer Dane Trask said. "So we decided to make it fun."
To do so, they thought about what the typical guy likes to do with his free time and the kind of events they do go to, like car shows, boat shows and gun shows. Organizers decided to pair each activity with a health-care provider.
"Men don't like to go to the doctor, but they benefit from the health screenings," Trask said. "Early detection is 90 percent of the cure."
For Tim Hickman, a trip to The Guys Expo came at a great time.
"I had my eyesight checked, which was perfect, and I had my spine checked, because I recently messed up my back," Hickman said. "Now I know that it is messed up but now I know what to do about."
The events also brought out some ladies. Mother and daughter Dorothy and Nikki Lenz attended the expo.
"I was just hearing about everything going on like the virtual gun range and decided to come check it out," the younger Lenz said. "We liked it, it was fun.
Mom even took a shot at the gun range, she said.
"It was great," Dorothy Lenz said. "It was a lot of great information too."
Jessica De Leon, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.