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Senior Fun Fest offers more than just fun

  • Representatives with Williamson County Programs on Aging in Herrin met with seniors Wednesday to inform them of  services available to them. From left are social workers: Gina Homan, Amber Caraballo and Mary Jane Fuller.

    Representatives with Williamson County Programs on Aging in Herrin met with seniors Wednesday to inform them of services available to them. From left are social workers: Gina Homan, Amber Caraballo and Mary Jane Fuller.
    John Homan photo

  • Richard Melvin, lead singer with the Big Muddy River Band belts out a 1950s tune at Wednesday's Senior Fun Fest.

    Richard Melvin, lead singer with the Big Muddy River Band belts out a 1950s tune at Wednesday's Senior Fun Fest.
    John Homan photo

  • Loving couple Diana Andrews and Daryl Meier, both of Carbondale, kick up their heels on the dance floor at Wednesday's Senior Fun Fest at the Marion City Pavilion.

    Loving couple Diana Andrews and Daryl Meier, both of Carbondale, kick up their heels on the dance floor at Wednesday's Senior Fun Fest at the Marion City Pavilion.
    John Homan photo

  • Amber Boyd (left) and Michelle Hackney, employees with Addus Home Care in Marion, interacted with dozens of seniors at Wednesday's Fun Fest. Addus provides personal care and homemaker services.

    Amber Boyd (left) and Michelle Hackney, employees with Addus Home Care in Marion, interacted with dozens of seniors at Wednesday's Fun Fest. Addus provides personal care and homemaker services.
    John Homan photo

  • Angie Elko (right) and Jaime Erthall with fifth Season Assisted Living Center in Marion, share a conversation with a customer Wednesday.

    Angie Elko (right) and Jaime Erthall with fifth Season Assisted Living Center in Marion, share a conversation with a customer Wednesday.
    John Homan photo

 
STAFF REPORT
updated: 5/24/2019 9:38 AM

MARION -- The annual Senior Fun Fest drew over 400 senior citizens throughout Southern Illinois Wednesday to the Marion City Pavilion.

Hosted mainly by area senior social service agencies, the Fun Fest is an event seniors mark on their calendars months in advance. For a mere $5 investment, seniors are treated to a wealth of information on home health services, insurance, assisted living centers and much more and also receive a catered lunch and live entertainment.

Several seniors could be spotted out on the floor dancing to the 1950s and '60s music.

This year's entertainment was provided by the Big Muddy River Band with lead singer Richard Melvin. Dozens of vendors turned out for the event and provided prizes that were raffled off throughout the morning.

This year's theme was "Seniors Gone Wild" and featured a safari decor.