Monday is Senior Day at Illinois State Fair
Seniors 60 and over get free admission to Springfield's Illinois State Fair for Senior Day, with indoor activities sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA).
All special events are planned for inside the air-conditioned Illinois Building near the fairgrounds' main entrance.
“We always look forward to participating in the Illinois State Fair,” IDoA Director Jean Bohnhoff said. “Thanks to our innovative staff and partner agencies, our activities are … fun and informative. They provide families with an opportunity to bond over entertaining games while learning more about the various programs and services available to older adults and their families through our department.”
Returning due to popular demand will be the “NOT SO Newlywed Game,” in which older couples see how well they really know each other, and the Illinois regional senior Spelling Bee State Finals.
For multi-generational fun, IDoA also plans a Grandparent/Grandchild contest at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, also inside the Illinois Building. Contestants will be judged on resemblance, costumes, talent and interviews, with cash prizes awarded.
Many health-screening opportunities will be available, from blood pressure, cholesterol and bone-density tests to informational assessments.
Certain activities require pre-registration. To sign up or to obtain more information, call 217-524-6911 or 800-252-8966.
Event sponsors include Springfield Supportive Living, Central Illinois Senior Celebration, the Association of Illinois Senior Centers and Humana, plus many organizations offering information about their services and programs for seniors.
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