“What a wonderful day,” Trigg County Senior Center Director Carolyn Bland said after the auction at the end of the fair, which lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bland also said that the fair was a great success.
Seniors were handed tickets at the beginning, and were played a variety of games to collect even more tickets, and many of them used those tickets to purchase items and the auction at the end of the fair, said Janice Perry, marketing manager for Lifeline’s western Kentucky area.
The event was organized to look like an “old-fashioned county fair,” and there were games and activities, such as a ring toss, a horseshoe toss, a clothespin drop, a beanbag toss and a duck pond, said Perry.
“This is a county fair that we’re putting on for all of the senior citizens in Trigg County. It’s a Trigg County senior day,” Perry said. “We’ve invited the nursing homes, and we had several people from Trigg Manor here. The other folks are just senior citizens in the community, and those that come here to the center.”
Bland said part of the purpose of the fair was to introduce new people to the senior center and its various services.
Although the fair started at 9:30 a.m., there were seniors at the doors as early as 8 a.m., according to Perry.
Bland said she and other Pennyrile Allied Community Service (PACS) staff were at the senior center until well after 6 p.m. the Tuesday before the fair organizing everything, and staff were manning the PACS busses early on Wednesday morning so that meals could be delivered before seniors needed to be brought to the fair.
The items that Lifeline brought for the auction were all purchased in Trigg County, from stores such as Cadiz Do It Best Hardware, Food Giant, Fred’s and other stores, which resulted in more revenue for the county, said Bland.
Throughout the day, seniors were also treated to snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn, and were also treated to grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch, Perry said.
Although this was the first time Lifeline has organized this event in Trigg County, they have organized similar events in other counties throughout western Kentucky, according to Perry.
“This is just in celebration of the seniors of Trigg County, and our appreciation of them,” Perry said.
Bland said the senior center was packed, and added that there will be more space for events of this nature once the new senior center on East Noel Road is complete. Construction on it is scheduled to be completed by the middle of next year.