Senior Fair offers hidden gems

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BDN file photo Visitors enjoy goodies at last year's Beloit Senior Fair. The 2018 Beloit Senior Fair is from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Eclipse Center.

BELOIT - Mark your calendars for the 2018 Beloit Senior Fair. There will be a bounty of hidden gems at the 31st annual event to be held from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Oct. 2.

With a theme of "hidden treasures," the event will feature more than 60 vendors dedicated to serving aging individuals and their caregivers throughout the community. Committee member John Kalkirtz said the fair is free and open to everyone who wants to learn about the many businesses, resources and other offerings in Beloit.

"Every year it's a very exciting and entertaining time," Kalkirtz said.

The event will be held once again at the Eclipse Center, at the corner of Riverside Drive and Henry Avenue. On the day of the event there will be two men with golf carts in the parking lot, escorting seniors to the door. There also will be free bus rides courtesy of Beloit Transit. People just have to say they are going to the event and there is no charge to get there.

The fair typically attracts from 500 to 1,000 seniors and offers a variety of information on services and products as well as health screenings.

One of the most popular stops is the Rock County Public Health Department. Assistant Director David Pluymers said the department will be collecting expired or unused prescription drugs. People can drop off any prescription drug, either in pill or liquid form. In addition to prescription medication, over-the-counter medication and veterinary medicine will be collected. The department will not be collecting vitamins, minerals or any needles or sharps.

Immunizations including pneumonia, shingles and tetanus vaccines also will be available. High dose influenza vaccines will be available if the department obtains it from the state in time.

If people want immunizations, they should bring the Medicare card and any additional supplement information.

Live entertainment will include Bill and Bonnie Stevens from 9-11 a.m. and Bahama Bob from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

"They are very good. They give a lot of pizzazz to the fair," Kalkirtz said.

The event usually offers more than 60 vendors who plan their own unique contests and giveaways booth-side.

Kalkirtz, who has been working with the fair for more than 30 years, said the committee which plans the event has been meeting monthly since February. It takes input each year from exhibitors to fine tune the event,

"We always want to make it bigger and better every year," Kalkirtz said.

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