Over 50 Fair Rated a Success with Attendees and Exhibitors


This year’s Over 50 Fair had a successful run on September 28 at the Melville Marriott.

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East Hills, NY - October 6 , 2014 - This year’s Over 50 Fair had a successful run on September 28 at the Melville Marriott. Fair Director Barbara Kaplan said she has received many positive comments from both attendees and exhibitors. The Fair had 90 exhibitors and 30 classes covering a variety of disciplines, all designed to help those over age 50 live their lives to the fullest.

Gemma Kodumal, who attends the Over 50 Fair annually, said, “I was able to attend one class, Genomic Testing, and we all raved about it. We need to come earlier next time to be able to avail ourselves of other seminars.”

This event has been building a loyal following among the Boomer Generation during the five years of its existence due to its consistent presentation of a variety of classes and products they find appealing. Some of the 30 classes available this year covered saving for retirement, iPad apps, stress reduction, meditation, legal hemp, comedy shows, and yoga. The free opportunities included a health assessment, body fat analysis, blood pressure checks, hearing screenings, and a five-minute hand or foot massage. Attendees also enjoyed no-charge valet parking.

Cynthia Shaw of Helpful Care said, “This was our first year of exhibiting at Barbara’s Over 50 Fair. Each exhibitor felt a personal connection with Barbara and each of us knew that she truly wanted us to be successful. We will certainly participate in ‘Barbara sponsored’ events in the future”.

The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), a local non-profit, asked people to bring non-perishable food and cash donations to exchange for raffle tickets for valuable prizes. The INN was pleased to raise almost $300 and 88 pounds of food.

Barbara’s other large event for children and their families, the All Kids Fair, will return on April 26 to the Melville Marriott.  Details can be found at the website. The Over 50 Fair will celebrate its sixth consecutive year in 2015. Program details and opportunities for exhibiting, sponsorsing, speaking, and advertising will be announced as soon as they are available.  

When she is not working on large events such as the Over 50 Fair, Barbara is busy with Specialty Connections. In addition to providing constantly updated information on expos, it helps businesses open doors by connecting with other business people they should know. For more information, visit the website. Barbara Kaplan can be reached at 516-621-1446.