First Posted: 9/21/2009
Live music, door prizes, contests and an all-around good time will be in store this week at the annual Senior Fun Day at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy.
Its not about information or health or wellness or anything like that, explained Annalisa Davis, coordinator of the Surry County Senior Center on Jones School Road.
Instead, the event is aimed strictly as an afternoon of fun when seniors can simply enjoy themselves, said Davis, who is in her fifth year of organizing the annual gathering. And the best part is, there will be no admission charge.
Senior Fun Day, open to persons 50 and older, is scheduled Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the grandstand area of the park on West Lebanon Street. It will be held rain or shine, Davis said.
Don Jarrell and the Country Magic, a group specializing in both modern and traditional country music, will perform during the event. Flatfoot and hollering contests also are scheduled and a senior king and queen will be crowned, Davis said.
In addition, prizes are to be given to the couple married the longest as well as the couple married the least amount of time, and refreshments will be available.
Another attraction will be Bob Young, the owner of 109 U Pull It, an automotive salvage business in Kernersville. Young is best known for his singing of a catchy jingle on television commercials in which he solicits junk cars with the promise, well come get that car for you.
The seniors love him, Davis said of Young, who has family ties to Mount Airy and will be making his second appearance at Senior Fun Day. One of the contests Thursday will involve judging who can sing the 109 U Pull It jingle the best.
Davis added that sponsorships from the business community are allowing Thursdays gathering, which costs about $3,000 to put on, to be offered free of charge. Without such support an admission fee would be required, she said.
Food Lion will have its area managers there to give out drinks. The grocery chain additionally will supply fruit baskets for contest prizes along with $5 gift cards for door prizes.
The Humana insurance firm also is a major sponsor, Davis said.
Brannock & Hiatt Furniture will be giving away a rocking chair as the grand prize for Senior Fun Day.
Davis, stressing that the afternoon will be all about fun, said no representatives of any businesses will be there trying to sell products or services. And despite requests from various community groups to have booths available about their programs or to distribute senior-oriented literature, none of that should be on the grounds, either.
I have worked real hard to keep all that stuff out of it, Davis said of Senior Fun Day.
She is hoping for a big turnout of those over 50 at Veterans Memorial Park. Davis acknowledges that there has been some confusion about the date of the event due to the fact Senior Fun Day normally is held while the annual Surry County Agricultural Fair is in progress at the park.
However, this year the gathering was scheduled for the week before the fair, due to the presence of a large wrestling ring to be on the fairgrounds next week which would have limited the space available for Senior Fun Day.
More information about the event is available from the Surry County Senior Center at 786-6155.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.