Fun-filled, educational festival for seniors

The Chesterfield County Fairgrounds welcomed senior citizens from around the region Thursday morning for the community debut of Fun at the Fairgrounds, a free health and wellness festival for adults 50 years old and older.

Coordinated by Chesterfield County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the office of Senior Advocates, and Senior Connections, this first-time event hosted a few hundred senior citizens for free health screens, games, entertainment, competitions, door prizes, and a multitude of vendors.

“The first event was certainly a success, and we felt like it offered our senior citizens many important things– like the resource booths and the stroke seminars, for example,” said Senior Advocate Debbie Leidheiser. “We had a lot to keep them active and social and other resources to get them to stay involved because that is what leads to a better quality of life.”

Among vendors who had booths set up for the people in attendance were: Virginia Cooperative Extension; Sheltering Arms; Chesterfield Fire and EMS; HCA – who were administering the health screens; the YMCA; and even the Department of the Treasury, who were helping the seniors by researching their financial records to see if lost money could be traced back to them.

Judy Jones, a Senior Recreation Specialist for the county’s Parks and Recreation department, would like to see the event held in the future.

“This was meant for folks to get out, to socialize with people, and maybe learn something – health-wise,” Jones said. “Educating our senior citizens is so important because people, especially the elderly, need to learn about health benefits.”

Battalion Chief Mark Nugent, of the Chesterfield County Fire and EMS, held a booth, teaching seniors how to properly extinguish a fire.

“It really gives them confidence and, of course, practice. So many people don’t know how to do these kinds of things, and it’s so important that we educate our seniors on how to keep themselves safe,” Nugent said.

For more information on what Chesterfield County is doing for senior citizens, contact the office at 768-7878 or email Leidheiser at


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