MEDINA — The PopTarts were singing the hits. Some in the older crowd got up and decided to “Shake Their Groove Thing.”
Who could blame them? After all, that was the theme of this year’s annual Senior Day at the Community Center at the Medina County Fairgrounds. About 500 people, most of them seniors, attended the event.
“The seniors get together and have fun,” said Laura Toth, executive director of the Medina County Office for Older Adults.
The PopTarts, made up of performers Julie Matthews, Laura Farrell, Laurie Angie and Lisa Sommer, were the main attraction. The tribute to girl groups from the ’60s perform around Northeast Ohio and are a big hit with the seniors.
Kathleen Totter-Smith and Loretta Crow, both from the Elmcroft of Medina senior living facility, couldn’t stay still listening to the four vocalists.
Crow, 92, discarded her walker and got out on the dance floor.
“I had a husband who loved to dance,” she said. “We loved dancing our whole lives.”
All three Medina County commissioners headed over to the fairgrounds after their meeting in the morning at the administration building. Commissioners Pat Geissman and Colleen Swedyk spoke to the assembled crowd.
Geissman visited the tables and gave words of encouragement.
“I’ve been a senior citizen for a long time,” she said.
She told them they still have something to offer.
The parking lot looked like the Medina County Fair was in session.
Toth said her office provided transportation for many of the seniors. She said most of them drove on their own.
Toth said there were also raffles, hula hoops, face-painting and a boxed lunch for everyone in attendance.
Roughly 80 vendors set up information tables.
Toth said the whole object is to keep the seniors healthy and in their own homes during National Older Americans Month.
“They could find out the services available in the community,” she said.