Seniors rock'n'roll at Richland County Fairgrounds
The annual District 5 Area Agency on Aging's Senior Spring Extravaganza Thursday at the Richland County Fairgrounds had a theme many of the senior citizens could relate to, "Shake, Rattle and Roll into the '50s."
There was even a dance floor, car show, entertainment, bingo and numerous booths where seniors could fill a bag with free goodies and informational materials.
The annual event also included a free ticket for every senior for a bagged lunch, ice cream, kettle corn, and a chance to win door prizes.
The hundreds of seniors did not disappoint, with many coming in '50s attire, including poodle skirts, as the event was held to mark Older Americans Month.
Cindy Miller of Mansfield said she came for the music. She and a friend came to seeRandy Velez (singing vocal impressionist) in Fairhaven Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
"It's my first time to the event," said Miller, who was enjoying the sunshine outside Fairhaven Hall.
Beth Hunt, 63, of Mansfield, said she came out to enjoy the fun after being given a flyer at the Area Agency on Aging in Ontario.
Carletta Allen, 62, of Mansfield, said she came for the fellowship.
"It's good to see fellowship with different people and see everyone join in with one another and there's no chaos," she said, getting a hug from a woman who overheard her say that.
Madeline Pack, who works with Catholic Charities, was wearing a hot pink poodle skirt with a white cat on it that she said her mother made years ago.
"It's such a great event to have in the community," Pack said.
Patrick Fahey, of Kernels by Chrissie of Cleveland, was keeping seniors happy handing out bags of freshly made kettle corn.
"I will make several hundred bags," he said from his trailer outside, across from the car show.
Denny Robinson of Perrysville, was talking with others he met at the car show.
Robinson, who retired from the former Ontario General Motors plant after 37 years, was having fun, finishing off a scoop of chocolate ice cream.
A patriotic American, he was wearing a red, white and blue shirt and said he was enjoying the event and the outdoor car show.
Robinson, 75, said he doesn't take any medication and has been fortunate to be healthy all his life, thanks to good genes.
"I rode by bike (bicycle) to GM from Perrysville," he said. "Twenty-seven miles."
Buses from nursing homes and other facilities filled the parking lot with many senior citizens seemingly happy to be out on an excursion for the day.
There was one lunch ticket per person for the first 800 to arrive which included chicken salad sandwich, chips, apple slices, a cookie and drink.
Area Agency on Aging's renewal levy passed easily
The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging asked Richland County voters to renew a 1.5-mill levy on the ballot. and voters said yes, with 8,994 votes or 72.67% for the levy and 3,382 votes or 27.33% against the levy, according to final unofficial results.
Duana Patton, executive director of the District 5 Area Agency on Aging, on May 2 said everyone was "pretty happy with the results."
Patton said she wished to thank the board, staff and volunteers for their work for the past past several months.
"And more so, to the people who voted for the levy and support of it. It's an overwhelming level of support and we just couldn't be more thrilled that the voters have trusted us with this program and the funds for our seniors by coming out in support of it. We want to say a big thanks," Patton said.
This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: Car show, free food, fellowship brings senior citizens together