Cool (senior) kids hit the fair

Left to right are Calvin Wright, Linda Murray, Calvin Stansell, Sue Livingston, Lora Garnett, Huey Ray, Donald Tucker and Freeda Dockins. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman area seniors took full advantage of the crisp fall weather as the fairgrounds opened Wednesday morning for Senior Day. They enjoyed the many exhibits, were delighted to ride the carousel and Ferris wheel and cheered the outstanding entertainment at the Coca-Cola Theatre.

Senior Day at the Fair is sponsored by Comfort Care and welcomes seniors from Cullman and surrounding areas to participate in the yearly event. This year’s crowd was treated to a rocking performance by the Senior Spirit Kickers. The talented dance team from the Donald E. Green Senior Center performed six amazing high-energy routines.

Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry came out and had a great time with everyone.

He said to the crowd, “Thank you so much for all you do for the community and all you do for us. It really makes our hearts warm when we go out and we get to be with y’all and just fellowship, and I enjoy and love each and every one of you.”

The exquisite Ann Trucks, Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2019, was in attendance. The Woodland Village resident had a message for her fellow seniors at the fair.

“Stay open-minded, positive and always be ready to participate,” she said.

Trucks also praised the staff of Woodland Village for all the activities it provides to its residents and urged everyone to participate in new activities.

While many relaxed at the theater and took in the planned activities there, others toured the different exhibition halls to see the colorful displays and fair entries. Several of the seniors had entries in the fair and were able to show them off to their friends.

Calvin Wright and Linda Murray enjoyed a ride on the Ferris wheel before making their way to the carousel. There they met up with other couples having a great time and reminiscing about visiting the fair throughout the years. Freeda Dockins and Donald Tucker, Calvin Stansell and Sue Livingston, Lora Garnett and Huey Ray had a splendid time as they enjoyed this year’s fair and rode the carousel.

For Garnett and Ray, the fair was an opportunity to spread the news of their recent engagement. They said hope to come back next year to Senior Day when they are officially “Mr. and Mrs.”

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Lora Garnett and Huey Ray show off Garnett’s engagement ring. The couple plans to get married before next year’s Senior Day. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)