MOSES LAKE - The Grant County Fairgrounds commercial building was hopping on Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered for the annual Senior Picnic.

The Columbia Basin Senior Networking Forum, which organizes the event, were expecting close to 600 seniors for the fifth annual Mardi Gras-themed event that continues to grow each year.

Along with free lunch, seniors had the chance to enjoy music and dancing along with several raffle prizes. More than 50 students from the Columbia Basin Job Corps also participated in setting up for the event and preparing and serving lunch.

The picnic also allows seniors the opportunity to get information on a variety of community resources, from medical and health care assistance, to financial help and transportation, with more than 30 organizations in attendance.

But Lorraine Burghard, who has attended all five events, says the picnic also offers many seniors a chance to reconnect with friends.

“It’s a terrific function. It’s just a great thing for us elderly to get out, see old friends, meeting some new friends, and just chat with people that you’re sitting with,” she said. “If you don’t know them you get acquainted with them. It brings everyone together.”

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