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Attendees at the fair interact with one of the booths. 

Senior citizens attended the 20th annual Senior Fair hosted by Professional Business Women (PBW) of Lincoln County early Wednesday morning.

This year’s fair featured 25 different businesses who service the Lincoln County area, as well as a complimentary breakfast and several raffle drawings. Held in the Fairgrounds Hall, the event gave seniors a chance to learn more about what Lincoln County has to offer from a business perspective.

“The Annual PBW Senior Fair is made possible with our generous community businesses supporting our event by having a booth or being a sponsor...this was the 20th year for this free event, providing the opportunity for seniors to learn about local agencies, products and services available in our area,” said Dr. Tina Bueneman Hunsel, 2019 President PBW of Lincoln County

As soon as they walked through the door, those attending received a complimentary bag with several raffle tickets and a “passport.” 

The raffle tickets were drawn for smaller prizes, and the passport had every booth listed on it, so when the attendee visited a booth, they got a sticker on that booths name. 

Once the passport was completed, it could be entered for a drawing for several larger prizes. 

Several local businesses donated prizes and sponsored the event, including Charlotte’s Flowers, Randy’s Jewelry, People’s Bank & Trust, Mercy and Troy Furniture and Carpet.

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Seniors got the chance to meander to different businesses’ tables where they learned more about what each offered as well as received different free trinkets and samples. Tables and chairs gave attendees the chance to eat breakfast, rest and visit with familiar faces while they waited for the bigger raffles to be drawn. 

“It’s to support the businesses, and its where seniors can get out and see what the businesses are,” said Joan Hohimer on why the PBW hosts the event. Hohimer has been a member of PBW for 15 years, and helped greet people at the door during the fair. This year’s fair was organized by the event co-chairs Pat Rhodes and Heather Vandiver, and around 15 PBW members helped work the event.

Professional Business Women of Lincoln County has been around since the 1960s, and every year through fundraising efforts the organization awards several scholarships to young ladies in the area and supports other local charities and causes. 

The Senior Fair is one of two events the PBW hosts annually, the second being a Girls Night Out fundraiser which will take place in November of this year.

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