Columbia- The Boone County Council on Aging will hold its 17th annual Mature Living Festival at the Holiday Inn Expo Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Council on Aging is a community agency that provides information to Boone County seniors, and the festival is a comprehensive resource and information fair.
“Our goal is to expand healthy living and do it in a fun way,” executive director Lois Shelton said.
Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. Shelton said that anyone, young or old, is welcome to come and support the senior community.
“We used to call it Senior Fest, but we really wanted to broaden the appeal,” she said.
Entertainment for the festival will kick off from 9 to 10 a.m. with a variety shows hosted by Paul Pepper and James Mowser of KOMU’s “Pepper and Friends.” Other entertainment will include “CATS” from Performing Arts in Children’s Education, 40 dancers from Dance Arts, Yoga with Linda Lutz from Elm Street Yoga, line dancing and magic with Joel Myers.
Pepper said that this festival is a good thing for Boone County.
“It’s important to raise awareness that the BCCA is there and what they do,” he said.
Winners from the “Tribute to Grandparents” contest will also be announced in the morning. The celebration will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and will also feature Columbia Daily Tribune columnist Irene Haskins. Shelton said the contest involved writing an essay about anyone who is considered a grandparent.
“We wanted them to tell us about their best memories with their grandparent,” she said. “What did they teach you?”
Prizes will be awarded in each of the age categories: children up to 12, ages 13 to 18, and adults 19 and older. First prize will be $150, second prize $50 and third prize $20.
“We believe grandparents play a huge role in the lives of children,” Shelton said.
Those who attend the festival can also participate in a health fair from 10 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Missouri Foundation for Health. The fair will include screening for things such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body-mass index.
Attendees can enter a drawing to win a $350 gift certificate toward a trip of their choice from Global Travel.
The fun and entertainment will end with a tailgating demonstration from Hoss’s Market and Rotisserie by Jim Hoss and Trish Koetting.
“They’re going to cook up their own things and show everyone how to make simple stuff,” Shelton said. “Tailgating isn’t only something young people enjoy.”
Throughout the day, there will be vendors and exhibits — including health-care providers, financial institutions, pharmacies and more. There will also be sessions covering topics such as health insurance.
The festival’s bistro also provides a place to grab a bite to eat.
Although the festival provides valuable information to mature adults, it is also a major fundraiser for the Council on Aging.
“Just people coming to the festival helps the BCCA,” Shelton said. “It’s important that people are educated about these issues, and the local community picks up where state and national government drops the ball.”
For more information on the Council on Aging, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-1111.