People attending Thursday's May Senior Celebration will find no shortage of things to do before the 2008 Huron County Senior of the Year is revealed.
The business/trade show, scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., will feature 37 tables occupied by vendors representing such industries as insurance, health care, senior housing and banking. Senior Enrichment Services will serve a lunch of Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley and strawberry cake at 11:30 a.m., followed by the senior of the year announcement at about noon.
Each year, Senior Enrichment Services seeks nominations for a deserving Huron County senior. Three anonymous dignitaries read over nominations and vote on their choice. This year marks the seventh annual celebration.
Senior Enrichment Services' public relations and fundraising coordinator, Liz Truxell, said the agency received more than a dozen nominations this year, which is about the same as previous years. Truxell expects more than 400 seniors to attend the celebration, which is in line with past years.
One number that has changed is the number of vendors. This year, there will be more than 37 booths, which is up from the low 20s last year, Truxell said.
"This has become a very successful event for us," she said, adding publicity spreads through word of mouth.
In addition to the business/trade show, a caricaturist and balloon artist will be on hand to entertain the seniors before the Expo building opens at 11.
The other entertainer will be comedian/magiciain Jania Taylor, from Archbold. Her Web site,www.magicbyjania.com, states "Jania will make your entertainment worries disappear. Jania creates memories that will linger long after the end of the event. Dependable, flexible and easy to work with, Jania makes your entertainment worries disappear....like magic!"
The day's entertainment will end with door prizes worth about $100 each.
But before all that, folks will learn the identity of the 2008 Huron County Senior of the Year.
And who might that be?
"It remains a surprise until the day of the event," Truxell said.