Second Annual Senior Citizens Expo scheduled for Oct. 14

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 5, 2008 - In just over a week, Hopkins County Marketers Association will be hosting its 2nd Annual Senior Citizens Expo at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, located on the corner of Jefferson and Jackson streets.

The expo begins at 9 a.m. and will continue until noon Tuesday, Oct. 14, and offers numerous booths with drawings, displays and information at each.

On the way out, every senior citizen will receive a goody bag, complete with items such as fruit, yogurt and crackers.

Each will also be given a sack to collect pamphlets, pens, giveaways and many other items offered from vendors' tables.?

"Come and see what we have to offer you," encourages Karon Weatherman, who is helping coordinate the event. "Please come out and check out every table. Each vendor will bring a door prize that you can sign up for at their tables. Don't miss out on these prizes. They are always nice ones."

Those hoping to stave off a fall or winter bout with influenza can take advantage of the flu shots which will be available at the expo from At Home Health.

Staff from Hopkins County Memorial Hospital will be drawing blood to give those presents a complete cholesterol assessment, and several different home health agencies will be there answering questions and conducting blood pressure checks. ?

Life Care Medical Supply will be checking feet for any problems expo visitors might have. Two different medical equipment suppliers will be there to help with home equipment needs, and staff from some of the local nursing homes and rehabilitation centers will talk about what they offer at their facilities.

An insurance agent will be on hand for those who want to check to be sure they have ample coverage or of they have too much coverage.?

Representatives from West Oaks Funeral Home will talk about pre-needs for funerals.

Seniors will also want to be sure to visit Jane Goldsmith. She'll be giving free chair massages.

Any vendor interested in participating in the event but who has yet to register may still do so by calling Karon Weatherman at 903-885-1661 as soon as possible.

Those vendors already committed to the Senior Citizens Expo can begin setting up their tables between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13. Vendors can choose from either a round table or an 8-foot long table. Tables will be distributed on a first-come, first-choice basis. Vendors should plan to bring their own table coverings.

All vendors should be "ready to go" by 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, as the doors will open at 9 a.m. to seniors.

Any vendors who can stay after the expo to help put up tables will be greatly appreciated.

"The money that we raise during these expos goes to help needy families at Christmas time. Last year, we were able to help about four or five families," Weatherman said.

For more information or to request a table, contact Weatherman at 903-885-1661 weekdays.

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