WBIW 2021 Senior Fair underway at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church

BEDFORD – The 2021 Senior Fair sponsored by 1340 WBIW, 105.5 WQRK, 102.5 LiteFM is underway at the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church located at 508 Fellowship Drive in Bedford.

“I am well pleased with the turnout so far this morning, despite our first history-making snowfall for our annual event,” said Holly Davis President and Owner of the stations.

Charles Wagner talks to a vendor at this year’s Senior Fair

The event is free to attend, with free parking and a lot of give away prizes. They are also doing a $100 cash drawing at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.. Attendees must be present to win.

When you register there are station logo face masks and free T-shirts that are available while supply lasts.

This year brought some first-time vendors such as the Guthrie Creek Butcher that opened this year.

Guthrie Creek Butcher Shop is new business in Bedford as well as first year attendee of the Senior Fair

“We opened up during COVID-19 which started in the fall of 2019, but we did not get opened up until 2020 which slowed us down a bit,” said Courtney Tommy of Guthrie Creek Butcher Shop. “We are still evolving and growing all the time, fresh local beef and pork and you can not beat it.”

Sarah Turpen interviews Phil Thorne of Ferguson – Lee Chapel of Thorne George Family Funeral Home on the “Talk of the Town” during this year’s Senior Fair

“On Tuesdays, we have Senior Days which is 7 percent off for those 55 years of age and over,” said Tomey. The Senior Fair gave Guthrie Creek Butchery and Deli a new way to meet customers and tell them about their new business in Bedford.

Family Drug from Brownstown is another first-time vendor at the Senior Fair, according to employee Rhonda Walt.

“It’s beautiful out here, this is our first Senior Fair here in Lawrence County all the vendor booths are wonderful and a nice crowd out here this morning,” said Walt of Family Drug.

“Even though we are in Brownstown we are servicing all the needs in Lawrence County for your durable medical equipment. Give us a call and we will help you out.”

David Pace and Brooke Hayes of Day and Carter Mortuary, talk to an attendee

Several vendors have attended over the years including Day & Carter Mortuary who is on hand to provide information on services available to the attendees.

“Many like to be able to come and ask us questions in a more comfortable setting other than the funeral home. In addition, we can provide them with information on pre-planning a funeral and now we have the option where they can do it on-line and even pre-pay for the funeral,” said David Pace Day & Carter Mortuary.

For many of the attendees it is a place to get out and socialize among friends and meet new ones.

“I have attended several of the Senior Fairs over the year. I could not begin to guess how many. I always like the coffee,” said Charles Wagner, of Williams.

Attendees can play free Bingo from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and win various prizes

“We come every year, just to see people we have not seen for a while and meet new people. We came from the Spring Mill State Park area,” said James Edward Nash, of Mitchell.

“I always like getting out and talking to vendors, and I enjoyed talking with Guthrie Creek Butcher this year. Last year, I was disappointed with COVID-19 and this is great to get out and this year it’s really good,” said Marcia Rose, of Bedford.

Health and wellness vendors, vertical home health, are available which can provide blood pressure checks. Bedford Lions Club is conducting vision testing.

Mary Gabbard gets her blood pressure checked this morning.

Bingo is available from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. where various prizes will be awarded.

Come out and enjoy a fun atmosphere, grab a free bag of popcorn and drink a warm cup of coffee with the fellowship of friends.