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Senior Picnic Planned for T&C Days

By Staff | Aug 5, 2015

Tharp Brothers

Area senior citizens will gather for an old fashioned picnic, fellowship and fun at the Mollohan Center when Senior Citizens Day is held at Town and Country Days on August 13th.

The day’s events provide something fun for every senior, but perhaps even more importantly, it 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 will begin on a healthy note when a health fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tops, American Cancer Society Entities, Wetzel County Hospital, and local healthcare centers will all be present for the event, which will include a variety of diagnostics, including blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, as well as bone density scanning. These 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.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Bingo will be played followed by a tasty old fashioned picnic, hot dogs with all the trimmings. Back by popular demand will be the Tharp Brothers to provide after-lunch entertainment from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This local group is known for their strong vocal harmony, and a passion for bluegrass. Door prizes will also be given out during the lunchtime period along with musical entertainment.

The day of festival will end at 2:30 p.m. when door prize winners pick up their winnings and the announcement of the Senior of the Year is made. This year’s door prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants, first aid kits from Wetzel County Hospital, free oil changes at Valley Towing. Other prizes will include gifts from the Flower Basket, Bridgeport Equipment, Fiesta Hair Care, Quinets Restaurant and many more.

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; they need to reside in Wetzel County, 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, Wal-Mart 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, WV 26155, by August 11.

Organizers remind everyone the fair events are for every senior citizen at the fair grounds 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.

Organizations also present Thursday will include the senior citizens’ SHIP counselor from the Wetzel County Committee on Aging, West Virginia’s Attorney General’s Office, Tim Hooper

from the State Treasurer’s office as well as other dignitaries.

Those who do not have transportation to the fair are welcome to ride a senior citizen’s van. Handicap accessible transportation is available. To arrange for transportation call the New

Martinsville center, at 304-455-3220, Pine Grove, 304-889-3333, or Hundred at 304-775-5344.

The van service is free with no donations expected that day. Also, for those seniors who drive themselves and park at the fair’s lot, a van will be located there to take them directly to the Mollohan Center from 8:30-11 a.m.

Local donations toward Senior Citizen’s Day are made by Town and Country Days, Wetzel County Committee on Aging and Witschey’s.