Senior fair joins lineup of expo, pancake breakfast

February 16, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Three separate events are planned Saturday in Waynesboro, but the high school will serve as the single destination for people looking to visit all three.

The 10th annual Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to noon in the high school gymnasium.

On the other side of the gym, at the same time, state Rep. Patrick E. Fleagle, R-Franklin, will host a senior fair with free information from county and state agencies.


The Waynesboro Lions Club will do its part to ensure no one will have an empty stomach at either the business expo or senior fair. The club will host its annual pancake and sausage breakfast, a long-standing Waynesboro tradition, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Business expo

In the past, the expo has drawn more than 1,000 visitors to the booths of local businesses.

Thirty-six vendors are signed up for this year's expo. They represent fields including financial services, real estate, home improvement, retirement living, higher education and fitness.

"They're looking for exposure. They want to be one-on-one with their consumers," said MaryBeth Hockenberry, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Most businesses will offer special promotions or giveaways, Hockenberry said.

She said one special giveaway this year will be a 27-inch color television in a contest similar to bingo. Stamps for the bingo cards can be obtained by visiting the vendors.

Entrants do not need to be present to win in the contest sponsored by the Chamber and The Record Herald.

Senior fair

As of early this week, 11 vendors were signed up for the senior fair.

Those vendors will have information about prescription drugs, Medicare Part D, veterans' affairs and identity theft, said David Mackley, a legislative aide for Fleagle.

"Traditionally, Pennsylvania has always been responsive to the needs of its senior citizens. We just feel it's important to share this information with our senior citizens now more than ever," Mackley said.

He said the first 500 people at the senior fair will receive a bag of goodies.

The idea to host the senior fair developed by seeing other legislators hold similar events, according to Mackley.

He said U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., is scheduled to have a booth with information about aid at the federal level.


Mackley might be wearing two hats on Saturday, as he also plans to help run the Lions Club pancake and sausage breakfast.

"It's our biggest fundraiser of the year," said Mackley, past president of the local Lions Club.

The club typically serves more than 2,000 people, with proceeds from tickets benefiting local community service projects. Many of the club projects benefit vision-impaired individuals, Mackley said.

Tickets cost $5 at the door for adults and $4.50 if purchased in advance.

Tickets for children ages 5 to 12 cost $2. Admission for those younger than 5 is free.

In addition to pancakes and sausage, the club plans to serve puddin', fruit cup, coffee and juice.

"We also take to-go orders as well," Mackley said.

Advance tickets for the breakfast are available by contacting Waynesboro Lions Club members or the Chamber of Commerce at 717-762-7123.

There is no charge for the business expo or senior fair.

If you go

What: Business expo, senior fair and Waynesboro Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Where: Waynesboro Area Senior High School, East Second Street

When: Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon for the Business Expo and senior fair; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the breakfast.

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