Judy Gaut (left), Viva Cox and Sandra Cummings. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)
Square dancers Judy Gaut (left), Viva Cox and Sandra Cummings. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)

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Seniors shake it up at Fun Fest

Published 3:23pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

MADISON — Senior citizens from across Madison County enjoyed an afternoon filled with fun an laughter on May 8.

The annual Senior Fun Fest at Madison Square Mall saw over 1,500 senior citizens come out and enjoy music, bingo, food and walking events throughout the mall.

Senior Fun Fest Director Emily Sandile said the event, sponsored by TARCOG Area Agency on Aging and the Madison County Commission, expands each year.

“This is my sixth year being involved with it,” she said. “It grows every single year and this year we anticipated around 2,000 to 3,000 seniors. So every single year the crowds grow larger.”

Unused space in the mall was converted into a bingo hall, a lunch station and a photography studio. There was even a Nerf-Frisbee throw for seniors wanting to show off their arms.

“It’s a great event and we absolutely anticipate a ton of happy faces,” Sandile said “We offer so much like the walking trail throughout the mall, an Older America’s Got Talent show, a Tai Chi demonstration, dancing and door prizes.”

To go along with “Bingo Bay”, other classic and popular games like Plinko, Green and yellow balloons hung throughout the mall to help guide the seniors to special events and booths throughout the mall.

Medical assistance was on hand along with mall personnel to assist volunteers. The event ended up packing the ground level floor of the mall from  10:00 a.m. all the way to 2:00 p.m. and more importantly, left a crowd with smiles on their faces when they left.

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