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Leavenworth County Fair offers senior event through Council on Aging

July 28, 2015

A popular event during the Leavenworth County Fair has brought in big crowds, but it’s also open to a select group.

If you’re 50 or older, come on down.

The Leavenworth County Council on Aging has worked the last several years with the fair board officials to offer Senior Day at the Fair during the Leavenworth County Fair.

This year’s activities will run 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday under the big tent at the fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.

Shirley Hund, social coordinator for Senior Day at the Fair with the Council on Aging, said she’s planning for a big crowd again this year.

“We usually have 250,” Hund said. “We’re planning for 300 just in case it’s a cooler day. I think last year we could barely fit all the tables there under the big tent.”

It’s a popular event that allows seniors to get out to the fair. For some, it might be their lone opportunity to enjoy the annual event.

There will be entertainment with a patriotic theme, and then seniors can play bingo under the big top tent.

Local businesses have donated some 25 items for door prizes.

Seniors visiting the fair also can get a glimpse of the fairgrounds when a trolley takes folks to and from parking areas on the grounds.

Admission to the event is free.

For more information about the event, call the Council on Aging at 913-684-0777.

More activities

The Council on Aging just had its Meals on Wheels benefit in June. The event raised $11,000 for Meals on Wheels, which the council provides throughout the county.

The agency’s office, at 1830 S. Broadway St. in Leavenworth, offers activities “almost every day,” Hund said. The organization provides exercise and education opportunities. Seniors can gather for various games, including bingo, bunco and farkle. The center also offers a book review club and tea parties every few months.

In September, there will be a “Murder on Broadway” murder mystery lunch event.

To learn more about what the Council on Aging offers, go to leavenworthcounty.org and click on “Government Offices.” The Council on Aging can then be selected in a drop-down list.

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