Area senior citizens should be sure to mark their calendars for Senior Citizens Day at Town and Country Days, set for Aug. 15.
The day's events provide something fun for every senior, but perhaps even more importantly, it is provides the opportunity for seniors to get together and exchange stories, laughter, and a meal. Many attendees say it is similar to a yearly reunion.
The day's special events kick off with a huge health fair from 8:30-10 a.m. The health screenings are free and will be held in the spacious, air conditioned, and handicap-accessible Mollohan Center on the fairgrounds, located at the Wetzel County 4-H Camp. The health fair offers blood sugar and blood pressure screenings, bone scans, derma-scans, and much more.
The Battle Weary Band will provide lunchtime entertainment for local senior citizens Aug. 15 at Town and Country Days.
From 10:30-11:45 a.m., Bingo will be played, followed up by a tasty lunch of ham and turkey, croissant rolls, pasta salad, baked beans, cheesy potatoes, chips, and cake. This lunch is made possible through a collaborative effort of all senior citizen groups, the Wetzel County Coalition on Aging staff, and Town and Country Days staff. The cake will be provided by Witschey's Market. The Battle Weary Band will be providing lunchtime entertainment with their Civil War-era music that includes songs that will be very familiar to attendees. There will also be a special guest appearance to bring back some old time memories. The Elsons will provide entertainment from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The Elsons is a nine-member gospel group from Moundsville who sing a little bit of everything, including gospel music.
Door prizes will also be given out during the lunchtime period and musical entertainment.
The day of festivities will end at 2:30 p.m. when door prize winners pick up their winnings and the announcement of the Senior of Year is made. This year's door prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants, first aid kits from Wetzel County Hospital, and free oil changes at Valley Towing.
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. The Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year will receive a plaque, Walmart gift card, and gift bag.
A brief written statement of a nominated senior citizen must be submitted to Mary Ash at 145 Paducah Drive, New Martinsville, by Aug. 9.
Organizers remind everyone the events are for every senior citizen at the fair that day, not just 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.
Those who do not have transportation to the fair are welcome to ride a senior citizens' van-handicap accessible transportation is available. 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. Also, for those seniors who drive themselves and are in the fair's lot, a van will be located there to take them directly to the Mollohan Center.