BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fair ripens 20 years strong


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – Golden guys and gals celebrate their age at BeaconFest. Colorado’s largest expo geared towards seniors has providers and agencies on health care, recreation, and housing.

People keep coming back to this early bird special of a festival.

“The reason why I like coming is to find extra resources for myself as a senior and win prizes,” Longtime BeaconFester Carol Sullivan shares.

“You’re amongst other seniors and it’s more easier to talk to when they come here,” First-Time BeaconFester Gabriele Mayer-Hunke describes.

The event is a beacon of light for seniors to enjoy life.

“While many seniors, retirees and people living their Golden years come out to Beacon Fest, this isn’t just a resource hub for housing,” Cora Dickey reports, “They enjoy living in the moment and making memories as they transition into and embrace the boomer lifestyle.

One thing BeaconFest celebrates is retirees volunteering their free time to help others. For Volunteer of the Year Rich Parrish, it’s an honor but not the end of what he can do.

“I’ve got energy left and still have a good life.” Volunteer of the Year Rich Parrish shares, “I appreciate very much for the opportunity and blessing it is in my life to be a part of that work.”

The Grand Junction BeaconFest is just one day but, after 20 successful years, some are considering making the event a weekend affair.

“I can tell you this, we used every table that the convention center owns,” BEACON Senior News Publisher Kevin VanGundy mentions, “We used all the pipe and drapes so we are as full as we can get it.”

Regardless of age, BeaconFest celebrates life as something to live for. if you had fun during part one, part two of BeaconFest is happening October 14 in Montrose.

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