DENTAL CLINIC: Free Care Friday, Saturday

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More than 500 people were lined up at the Iowa State Fairgrounds to receive free dental care Friday morning.

The 6th annual Mission of Mercy got underway at 6:00 a.m., though some of the people who were in line had been there since early Thursday.

Organizers say all the people in line from this morning had been seen by 9:15 a.m.

The clinic stopped accepting patients for the day at 12:30 p.m. Friday. A line for services Saturday will begin forming at the southeast corner of the Varied Industries building at 5:00 p.m.

It’s estimated about 800 people will receive dental care Friday.

Dentists and dental hygienists are volunteering their time, offering cleanings, tooth extractions, partials and root canals.

The clinic runs Friday and Saturday at the Varied Industries Building at the State Fairgrounds. Hours for treatment are 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

Organizers say they expect to treat more than 1,000 in the next two days.