The Macleay Seniors Festival was officially opened today at the Slim Dusty Centre.
TV personality and celebrity chef Lyndey Milan hosted the opening, while around 30 information booths were set up to provide information for local seniors.
"It's wonderful to be here, I love being in regional Australia," Lyndey said
"The team here have put together an incredible program for the Seniors Festival."
Mayor Liz Campbell also spoke at the opening and said the festival is a vital event for Macleay residents.
"We begin ageing from the day we're born, we should spend the last 30 years of our lives how we want to live," she said.
"The festival is about connecting and thinking about how you can enjoy your life."
Locals were involved in a number of sessions where they were able to learn more about services for seniors in the Macleay Valley.
Scott Marsh from Home Instead Senior Care said the festival is a way for seniors to connect.
"It encourages seniors to reach out to groups in the community and engage," he said.
"We encourage all members of our region to join us in making this year's Seniors Festival bigger and better than ever."
Kempsey Shire Councils Coordinator Communications and Community Maya Spanniari said the next 13 days will festure events aimed at encouraging seniors to get involved in the community.
"We want to show seniors how they can use their skills and contribute. It's about connecting and making friends," she said.
"Today was about showcasing the different services we have to aid seniors in their everyday life. There are also a number of interesting events that will be held over the next 13 days that seniors can get involved in."
The full calendar for the Seniors Festival can be found on council's website.