Senior Expo 2011: So much to see!

LANCASTER – “There’s so much to see here!” exclaimed one senior as she made her way through the Poppy Pavilion Thursday.

Indeed, there was a lot to see at the 21st annual Senior Expo, where thousands of seniors took to the AV Fairgrounds for a day of fun and excitement in their honor.

The event’s theme “Once upon a time…” was evident throughout the fairgrounds, as vendors, attendees, and even pets donned costumes to represent their favorite fairy tales. More than 100 booths in the Poppy Pavilion were transformed into popular fantasy themes, including Pinocchio, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Sleeping Beauty. Vendors, dressed as their favorite characters, gave out information on medical and social services for seniors. Meanwhile, in the Van Dam Pavilion, several health care workers offered health screenings, flu shots, massages, and wellness and nutrition demonstrations.

The event also featured a main stage with an exciting lineup for seniors. The event kicked off with a drawing to crown the King and Queen of Senior Expo. The lucky honors went to Marilyn Grill and Santiago Timple. The fun continued with performances from local talent and the featured event – Senior of the Year.

Ida Kethchum of Lancaster was named Senior of the Year for her active involvement in several local organizations, including the AV Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, Dog Tags for Kids and the AV Veterans Day Parade Committee. Ketchum was chosen from five finalists, which included Patricia Faux, Bob Forshay, Marcia Newyear and Joann Wayland. More than 25 seniors were nominated for the honor.

Other highlights included a special guest performance by singer and 1950s teen idol Pat Boone, an antique appraisal and a senior art exhibit, featuring paintings created by seniors from the Palmdale Senior Center.

The following are some sights from Senior Expo 2011.