Senior Day at Oktoberfest 2022

Cullman Oktoberfest 2022 Senior Day was held at the Festhalle on Thursday, Sept. 29, with live music, dancing, bingo and lunch provided. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism pulled out all the stops Thursday morning and early afternoon for area elders at Oktoberfest Senior Day, celebrated at the Festhalle. With wooden tables and folding chairs filling the outdoor event space during the cool morning, many seniors opted to find places to sit in the sunshine while others warmed up by cutting a rug. 

Cullman County Commissioners Kerry Watson and Gerry Marchman, along with several people from their office made their way through the crowd greeting familiar faces and making new friends. Commission Chairman Jeff Clemons was all smiles and in his element with his favorite Cullman citizens. Clemons expressed his gratitude for all the organizers who place the county’s seniors as a top priority. He also touched on the beginning of his time in office almost three years ago. 

“When I came into office it was the beginning of COVID and it was hard times especially for our senior citizens. They were getting sick, and we lost so many of them. They had to stay at home during the lockdown without their friends and community. It was hard on them. Today, looking at their faces and seeing them smile is just wonderful. We are all together again and having a good time. We sure do appreciate our seniors and everything they give Cullman County with their wisdom,” Clemons shared. 

2022 Burgermeister Mike Mullaney continued his duties at the event, and 2011 Burgermeister Michael Sullins attended fully festooned in his lederhosen as well. After a blessing, attendees enjoyed lunch and bingo games. The top prize for the cover-all bingo game was $350 and won by Julia Bagley. Cullman Regional Medical Group sponsored the bingo prizes, totaling more than $1,700. 

The event was a team effort including the Active Adult Center, Cullman County Commission on Aging and many sponsors. 

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