“What we do is we solicit talented seniors, age 60 and older, ... and we have them broken up into different categories,” DeFoe said. “We have a prize for the best dance group; we have a prize for the best singing group. We have a prize for the best variety group, and we have an overall winner.”
She continued, “They all get money, they all get a trophy and all of the winners have an opportunity to come and be on TV with me up at a private cable station in Fort Oglethorpe called UCTV and actually get to perform on the TV show. We have a lot of fun.”
She said last year the line dancing group Bartow County Bootscooters was a first-place winner.
“[The Bartow County Bootscooters] have been around for a long time and they have won numerous accolades. They were in Senior Shenanigans and they are great,” DeFoe said.
Auditions for Bartow County seniors will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stiles Auditorium, 320 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville.
“There is no time limit, it’s like a cattle call — we’re going to take it as a first-come, first-served basis. They can sign in as they come in,” DeFoe said. “We will provide CD player or boom box, but if they want anything else, they’ll have to provide it.
“We’ve had people walk in with keyboards before.”
She said the expo itself provides, for example, an opportunity for seniors to learn more about resources available in the region.
“The senior living expo brings together resource providers from all over northwest Georgia and south central Tennessee that serve the area mingled around Walker and Catoosa County,” DeFoe said. “... We provide information and giveaways for the seniors. We have a farmers’ market there every year; we have crafters from the senior centers and independent individuals marketing homemade craft items.”
The Northwest Georgia Senior Living Expo will be held Friday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Colonnade Center, 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold.