Special senior citizens who have contributed to the community have the opportunity to be recognized for their work during Senior Citizens Day at Town and Country Days, Aug. 16.
Friends and family are encouraged to nominate seniors 55 years of age and older to be named Outstanding Senior of the Year by the Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year Committee. The special senior should have made the community a better place, however they do not need to be a member of a senior center. They also do not need to have done their community work through an organization.
Mary Ash, Wetzel County Committee on Aging director, pointed out that all of the senior activities, including lunch and admission, are free for senior citizens at the fair on Aug. 18.
Last year's Outstanding Senior, Dorothy Springer
A brief written statement of a nominated senior citizen must be submitted to Mary Ash at 145 Paducah Drive, New Martinsville, by Aug. 8.
The Outstanding Senior will be named at 2:30 p.m. as the final senior event of many planned for Aug. 18 at the fair. The winner received a plaque and a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.
From 8:30-10 a.m. there will be a health fair. Like all of the senior events that day, the health screenings are free and will be held in the air conditioned and handicap-accessible Mollohan Center on the fair grounds, the Wetzel County 4-H Camp.
Lunch is provided to senior citizens and their families free of charge. Grandparents are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren to enjoy the festivities on Senior Citizens Day. Bingo will be played from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
After prayer, lunch will be served and door prizes given away from noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided by the senior citizen centers in the county. This year the menu will be chicken, baked potatoes, coleslaw, rolls, corn, and cake. Door prizes are donated by the local senior citizens centers and businesses in the community.
Just like the lunch, the entire senior citizens' event is a collaborative effort with all of the senior citizens groups, the WCCOA staff and board members, and Town and Country Days. "It takes all of us to do it together," said Ash.
In the past, Town and Country Days had a special day for senior citizens and the WCCOA held a picnic for their seniors each September. But several years ago they decided to work together on a combined event and the result has been very positive. "It started out with about 90 people and has grown to over 400!" said Ash.
After lunch seniors will be entertained by the gospel group, The Gracemen. The Gracemen, out of Barboursville, W.Va., have performed in New Martinsville several times at the Christmas Cantata. They are known for their strong vocal harmony, integrity, and passion for ministry.
Organizers remind everyone the events are for every senior citizen at the fair that day, not just those who are part of the senior citizens groups, and it isn't even restricted to those who live in Wetzel County. Also, all senior citizens age 65 and up are admitted to the fairgrounds free that day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Other events at Town and Country Days on Aug. 16 include apple butter making, The Mark Wood Fun Show, Bingo, fun horse show, Deshler Amusements, FFA/4-H Club auction, talent show, and 4x4 truck and tractor pulls.
Those who do not have transportation to the fair are welcome to ride a senior citizens' van-two are handicap accessible. To arrange for transportation call the New Martinsville center, 304-455-3220; Pine Grove, 304-889-3333; or Hundred, 304-775-5344. The van service is free with no donations expected that day.