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A Big BeaconFest thank you

A Big BEACON Thank you for Grand Junction BeaconFest 2021 banner

This year’s Grand Junction BeaconFest was a day of good fun and practical information for boomers and seniors in our community. 

After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, more than 1,700 people walked through the doors of Grand Junction Convention Center, excited to immerse themselves in a day full of entertainment, seminars and resources.

The Brass Consort welcomed attendees to the show with their trumpets and trombones. King ‘n’ Trio, Javier de los Santos and Ron Koss also hit the stage with lively performances. We even had belly dancers for charity—The Shimmy Mob! 

Canyon Grand and the ladies of Steppin’ Up Quartet lit up the foyer with their sweet barbershop harmonies, followed by the sweet sounds of Robin Freed’s harps. Peggy Malone took audience members on a ride on her stick “hosses.” Newcomer Mike Gazdak brought polka and waltzes back to BeaconFest! 

Each seminar room hosted a spread of educational presentations on Medicare, financial planning, fraud prevention, medical treatment and technologies, estate planning and hassle-free home ownership in an environment crafted especially for seniors.

As if the seminars, live entertainment and vendor booths weren’t enough, guests were thrilled by the chance to win door prizes every 30 minutes. We gave away gift baskets, restaurant gift cards, several rounds of golf, free oil changes, bowling and movie passes, cash and more! One lucky reader won travel packages to South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and another won two floor seats to The Doobie Brothers concert in Denver. 

We want to thank all of the businesses who donated these wonderful gifts that made these drawings so exciting. 

Each booth painted a picture of its own unique offerings to create a fair of local businesses that value being a part of our community (Some are pictured below).

As is true every year, this year’s BeaconFest wouldn’t have been the same without the friendly support of the 100+ vendors who set up booths, and notably, our main sponsors: Medicare Resource CenterColorado Advanced Orthopedics Sports Medicine & SpineHumanaHilltop Senior LivingStellar Senior Living and KREX News Channel 5

To our volunteers, entertainers and most importantly, you, our guests, thank you for coming! Because of you, the event was a tremendous success. BeaconFest is our way of saying thank you for reading the BEACON Senior News.

See you in Montrose on October 14


2021 Senior Choice Award Winners

  • Best Overall Booth - Bellco Credit Union

  • Booth with the Friendliest People - Bellco Credit Union

  • Booth with the Best Giveaways - Colorado Advanced Orthopedics