Last hurrah for 2014 Senior Games

By Keith Strange

June 13, 2014

After five weeks of competition, the 2014 Yadkin Valley Senior Games is set to wrap up today on the campus of Surry Community College.

This year’s Silver Follies Show and Athletic Awards Ceremony is set to begin at noon with art displays. The Silver Follies performances will get under way at 5 p.m.

Celena Watson, Yadkin Valley Senior Games coordinator through Surry County Parks and Recreation, said the annual ceremony is a fitting culmination to the Games.

This year’s Senior Games featured 191 participants who competed 90 events ranging from bowling to track and field to arts-based activities. The oldest competitor this year was, according to Watson, “a spry 97 years old.”

For Watson the event is inspirational, and she said the athletes deserve to be lauded for their efforts.

“This is all about recognizing all our senior athletes who have participated in sporting events,” she said. “They’ve earned medals in the games, which have been under way since May, so they deserve to be recognized for their successes.”

While sports participants will be recognized, the event also showcases the arts, Watson said.

“During this year’s Silver Follies show, we’re going to have 15 performers doing, dance, comedy, drama and vocal performances,” Watson said. “And at the end, one of them will be selected as Best in Show, and they will advance to state competition in September.”

Throughout the day, art work also will take center stage, according to Watson.

“We’ve been doing the sporting events for more than a month, but June 12 is primarily about the arts,” she said. “We will have 22 pieces of heritage artwork on display during the event, including things like hand woven baskets, crochet works, quilts and stained glass.”

In addition, there will be 31 pieces of visual arts on display, including photography, water colors, mixed media and oil paintings, Watson said.

“This is an opportunity for the arts to shine,” Watson said, noting she is looking forward to viewing the works for the first time. “I haven’t had the opportunity to see them yet, but in past years they have been just beautiful.”

For Watson, the annual wrap-up of the Senior Games is a favorite event.

“I go every year because I love it and it’s so much fun,” she said. “This event is a great opportunity to get to know seniors in our community. Most of them are just so passionate about the games and their event, and it’s really an inspiration to watch them and see how much they enjoy themselves.”

For more information, contact Watson at Surry County Parks and Recreation at 401-8235.

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.