Seniors enjoy bingo, music and more at packed Oktoberfest event

Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune

Members of the Irondale Senior Activity Center pose for a photo at Thursday's Cullman Oktoberfest Senior Day. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN – Seniors from Cullman and throughout the area came out Thursday for the annual Oktoberfest Senior Day. Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express played polka favorites for the packed Festhalle while seniors enjoyed a sack lunch, shopping at craft booths, the farmer’s market and an afternoon of bingo.

Residents from Cullman-area assisted living and nursing homes were out enjoying the day. Buses from Hoover, Irondale, Gardendale, Hanceville and other communities from north and central Alabama brought members of their senior centers for a fun day as well.

Cullman County Commissioner Gary Marchman was all smiles, saying, “This is a great crowd. I couldn’t believe all the buses when I got here. Everyone is having a really good time.”

Barbara Hardy, Charlotte Williams and Betty Arnold came from Hoover and were impressed with Cullman’s Oktoberfest.

Williams said, “We have had such a wonderful time and we hope to come back. Cullman has really changed, and we have all just loved it.”

Jim and Tammy Melton of Cullman enjoyed the afternoon with friends. Tammy Melton, who said her peanut butter fudge has won first place at the last four Cullman County Fairs, said she has attended Oktoberfest events every year since 1982.

Michael and Doris Vinson have lived in Cullman for 12 years now and enjoy Oktoberfest every year.

Said Michael Vinson, “Cullman is a great place to live. There are always fun and interesting events for us.”

Bingo was the main event at Senior Day, with many cash and gift card prizes up for grabs. Volunteers from Cullman Savings Bank helped with cards and did a fantastic job as spotters. The last game was a full card game with several false alarm “Bingos!!” Finally, an ecstatic Renee Morris, of Moody, had the winning Bingo, taking home the $300 grand prize.

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