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Senior Day featured fun contests at Fayette County Fair

| Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 2:06 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Concentrating as they stack cookies are Doris Smith and Nina Gratson of Connellsville.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
George and Arlene Cunningham of Smithfield were the “newlyweds’ of the crowd and won a prize for being married the shortest. They will be celebrating their 4th anniversary in January.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Although Jacob Greenawalt was a crowd favorite, he placed third in the leg contest but later was crowned king.

They came to laugh. They came to cheer. In some cases, they came to show a little leg as the annual senior citizens contests were held at the Fayette County Fair on Senior Citizens Day.

All seniors, 62 and older, were admitted into the fairgrounds for free prior to 2 p.m. The fun and games were launched at noon as nearly 200 seniors from around the county joined in for an afternoon of fun.

“Senior Citizen Day was founded by Nancy Herring in 1986,” director and event emcee Hazel Blaney said. “We've been having it ever since.”

The afternoon consisted of games and contests, like the “sexiest male legs” and the “best female legs,” the couple married for the shortest time, the oldest male and female and the cake walk.

“We invite all the seniors from the area centers to come out for a day of fun,” committee member Marsha Regola said of the 13 centers in the area that were contacted. “We have a lot of seniors here from all over the county and a few from out of the county. Everyone is welcome.”

The games invited anyone who wanted to participate. But some events, like the spelling bee, were limited to a few contestants, with Mary Welte of Ligonier winning.

Everyone was asked to get up and strut around the room for the cake walk. Those who were brave and enjoying the games got up on stage to “strut their stuff” as they took part in the “sexy legs contest.”

Leg winners were Nancy Colamarino of Monarch and George Rowe of Smithfield.

“This is always such a fun day,” Nina Gratson of Connellsville said. “I've been coming for years, and it's fun to try the events. I don't do well, but I have fun.”

Gratson tried her hand at the cookie-stacking game, stacking an impressive 18 Oreos, but it was her friend, Doris Smith of Connellsville, who emerged the winner with a total of 24 cookies stacked.

“I never tried it before,” Smith said of the contest. “This was the first time that I did it.”

Smith was with her husband, Ed Smith. The pair came with several other members of the Connellsville Senior Center.

“It's a fun day to get out and socialize,” Ed Smith said.

Awards were given to the centers that brought in the most members. Uniontown center won with a total of 44 members. Connellsville came in second with 19. The newly formed Dunbar senior group brought 15.

“This is so much fun,” Kathy Dugan of Dunbar said. “It was a wonderful event.”

Dunbar center president Ken Cooper said he also enjoyed the day and events.

“This was fun,” Cooper said, adding that he came to support the group and was thrilled that they won a prize. “This is the first time we came and we came in third for the most members, so that is pretty good.”

Other winners included Charlie Battisti of Point Marion, who was the oldest male at 92, and Frances Bell of Masontown, who was the oldest female at 97.

Jacob Greenawalt of West Newton was crowned the king, and Agnes Kormanik of Masontown was crowned queen.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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