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Senior expo on Saturday
Annual event offers info, fun
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Forsyth County News

If you're going
• What:
Forsyth County Senior Expo
• When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Central Park Recreation Center, 2300 Keith Bridge Road

Forsyth County's fastest growing age group will have its own annual gathering Saturday.

The ninth Senior Expo will return to Central Park Recreation Center, where about 70 vendors will provide information, activities and health screenings.

Vendors include medical practitioners, local clubs, funeral homes, businesses and senior living facilities.

The free expo has a little bit of everything for seniors and those who care about them, said Shelley Johnson, director of Forsyth County senior services.

"[Expo visitors] get an opportunity to get information, if that's what they're looking for, and they get to get together with their friends," Johnson said.

She said the social side of the expo often takes place in the hospitality room, which offers free finger foods and coffee.

The expo also provides a sense of community, recognizing seniors as a demographic group "and that they make purchases and also contribute to their community," Johnson said.

She added that the event is a "win-win" for vendors and seniors. Vendor Ed Prine might call it "bingo."

Prine, owner of Sonic Services Termite and Pest Control, said the bingo cards handed out at the door allow him to meet more people, including those who may not have otherwise visited his stand.

In hopes of getting "bingo" and entering a prize raffle, visitors will approach booths to look for certain letter-number combinations.

The expo also provides a format seniors prefer, said Prine, who has attended the previous eight expos.

"They're not the Internet generation," he said. "They like doing business face to face with a handshake."

The Oaks, an assisted living community, first signed up for the expo three years ago, said Linda Smith, vice president of sales and marketing.

It has always been "a very welcoming event" with a "hometown" feel, she said, adding that it "benefits the community by bringing people together."