WATCH: Space Coast State Fair Hosts Senior Day, Wonderful Multi-Generational Event
By Space Coast Daily // November 7, 2018
seniors paired up with Brevard high school student
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: The Space Coast State Fair at Space Coast Daily in Viera once again treated area elderly residents from a host of Brevard County assisted living facilities to a memorable and fun day at the fair on Wednesday morning.
SPACE COAST STATE FAIR RUNS THROUGH NOV. 11
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Space Coast State Fair and Space Coast Daily once again treated more than 100 elderly residents from a host of Brevard County assisted living facilities to a memorable and fun day at the fair on Wednesday.
The Space Coast State Fair has a three-decades-long tradition of treating area seniors from assisted living and rehabilitation centers to a special day at the fair.
The seniors are paired up with a Brevard County high school student who then helps their charge through a day that includes exclusive performances and a specially prepared lunch.
Seniors will arrive at 9 a.m. where they will be welcomed by The Plant Guy.
Next up will be a very special magic show, followed by a circus performance, including the exciting Globe of Death Show, Wolves of the World and the thrilling Shark Exhibit.
After a hearty lunch, attendees will be treated to DJ music and dancing.
The event is always heart-warming and meaningful for both young and old alike and leads to lasting friendships and a special connection between generations.
“This is a wonderful multi-generational event that they do for the seniors,” said Linda Battle, director of Island Health and Rehab on Merritt Island.
“I’ve been coming out for this special day at the fair and bringing my residents for over 10 years and everyone always has fun – it’s equally great for the students and seniors – they talk and become good friends,” said Battle.
PAIRING OF YOUNG AND OLD GREAT FOR BOTH
Held in Viera at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera, the 17-day Space Coast State Fair, which opened Oct. 26 and will close Nov. 11, is Brevard’s most attended event.
The transportation for Senior Day has been provided free by Space Coast Area Transit for the more than a dozen facilities that participated, and lunch will be provided by Space Coast Daily.
“We traditionally have more than 350 senior citizens and high school students,” said Giles Malone of Space Coast Daily and the State Coast State Fair.
“For many of the seniors who attend this special day at the fair, it is the only day they get out all year, so we strive to make it memorable. I want to thank Brevard County Schools, SCAT for once again providing the transportation, and also Space Coast Daily for making the day possible.”
The performers and entertainers all donate their services to make it a special day for all.
“It’s wonderful to get out of the facility and get fresh air and see other people,” said Evelyn Donahue.
The pairing of the young and old yields tremendous benefits for all.
“The elderly person I was paired with is actually a veteran of the U.S. Army and she’s great to talk to and learn from,” said Linda, a senior at Titusville High during last year’s program.
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