By Grayson Edds
The 2013 Senior Expo, held Tuesday morning, was a success by all accounts. Bell County Commissioners volunteered their time to drive golf carts through the large Expo parking lot, scooping up seniors and escorting them to the front doors of the Expo.
Upon arrival, attendees were provided with a bag for goodies, a map of the vendors and a passport. With the theme “Passport to Adventure”, a majority of the vendor booths were highly decorated with a country of their choice’s theme. Some went so far as to hand out themed goodies. Jamaica, Ireland, China, France and Italy were just a handful of the countries represented. Awards were given to booths for two best decorated booths. Cornerstone Gardens won first place; Luvida second.
Dr. Clark from Scott & White provided an informational seminar from 10-11 in the morning about ways to prevent Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
With a keyboard player tickling the ivory near the entrance, seniors could be seen enjoying some favorite tunes while they waited patiently to make their way through the booths.
Door prizes were drawn periodically throughout the event and attendees who visited every booth and received a stamp from each one, filling up their passport, were eligible to enter into the grand prize drawing, a 51” Samsung plasma flatscreen TV. Judge John Burrows had the honors of drawing for the winner at the end of the Senior Expo.
The theme was entertaining and engaging, helping to bridge the gap between vendor and attendee. Seniors visited the Expo Center from a variety of communities including Belton, Temple, Harker Heights, Killeen, Gatesville and Waco.
Barbara Reed, Temple, said this was her second year to attend and she enjoyed the variety of vendors present. She attended to learn about assisted living possibilities. Maureen Douglas, Temple, came to the event with her husband and friends. This year marked the third year of her attendance, and this year she came looking for physical rehabilitation information for a friend who had recently been in a car accident.
If you missed this year’s event, be sure to stay tuned for details for 2014. Next year’s Senior Expo date and theme will be announced in the summer of 2014.