Fair will showcase talents and skills

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center is looking for local artists who are interested in sharing their talents with individuals who attend the first annual senior fair at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center on Sept. 14.

"We are looking for seniors and other individuals interested in sharing their talents with seniors," said Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director. "We are also looking for acoustical musicians interested in performing during the fair."

Artists interested in sharing their crafts with local seniors will have the opportunity to set up tables in the center of the fair. Musicians will be invited to perform on the stage located in the community center.

"We really feel like this would be a good draw for the fair," said Reed. "We have to have seniors and others in our community who might be interested in sharing their talents during the event.

"After retiring a lot of seniors are looking for volunteer opportunities or activities to take part in," said Reed. "We would like to showcase some of the talents and activities that our local seniors already participate in."

Members of the Cassville Senior Center Quilters Group have been invited to take part in the fair. Reed is also hoping to showcase painting and other artistic skills during the four-hour event.

Local musicians interested in providing acoustical music can sign up for 30-minute time slots during the fair. Reed hopes to feature an assortment of local musicians during the event.

"In addition to offering referrals for services, we want to give those who attend information on activities they can get involved in," said Reed.

The senior fair is designed for local community members who are 55 and up. Adult caretakers of seniors are also encouraged to attend.

Reed hopes to see the following types of services represented at the fair: medical, dental, vision, hearing, insurance, financial, legal, home health, long-term care, emotional health, nutrition, end-of-life, advanced directives and funeral pre-planning.

Businesses and organizations can obtain a vendor application at the Barry County Neighborhood Center, which is located on Highway 248 in Cassville. Vendors will not be charged for booth space.

Admission to the senior fair is free. In addition to visiting vendor booths, attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for door prize drawings that will be held throughout the event.

Business sponsors and door prize donations are needed for the event. Reed is also accepting volunteers to help with the event planning.

For more information, call Reed at 847-2140.

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