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Seniors enjoy a day at the fair

On Thursday, senior citizens had the opportunity to attend the Davidson County Agricultural Fair free of charge.

Each year, fair organizers set aside one day to open the gates at 9 a.m. and allow older residents a chance to come experience the food, the rides and the exhibits.

Roger Gregory and his wife said they came to Senior Day just for the experience and to see some of the local displays.

“We are here just to check out what is going on,”  Gregory said. “We want to see what’s new and what’s the same. We are interested in the exhibit hall, especially the flowers. The food is great too. It is a great thing for them to have Senior Day and let everyone in for free, because a lot of people might not be able to come otherwise.”

Peggy Sexton was at the fairgrounds on Thursday with her family. She said that she enjoys Senior Day for various reasons.

“You get to see old friends you haven’t seen in a while and to have a good time,” Sexton said. “I need the exercise so you can come out here and walk around. I love to see the exhibit hall and see all the different things that people make. And you don’t have little kids running between your legs.”

Also during Senior Day, several local organizations that provide care for senior citizens had tables and booths at the fairgrounds holding health screenings and giving out informational materials.

Angela Daniel, director of admission for Piedmont Crossing Retirement Community, said the company wanted to participate in Senior Day to help elder members in the community who may have questions about available services.

“We are trying to reach out to the community to let folks know what some of their options are for long-term care or in-home care,” Daniel said. “This is a very good opportunity to meet folks. The weather is beautiful, and it’s a great chance for us and other providers in the county to really reach out to these folks. They have the opportunity to get some information and ask questions if they have any.”

On Friday, gates open at 3:30 p.m. with rides opening at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the final day of the fair, gates open at 9:30 a.m. with rides opening at 10 a.m. 

The Diaper Derby will be at 6 p.m. Friday in the arena.

There will be live entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. on the stage near the local club food stands each night, with a fireworks display beginning at 10 p.m. each night.

The fair closes at 10:30 p.m. both nights.

Student admission tickets will be $3, or $2 with a school coupon. Adult tickets will remain at $7, while children under 5 years old are admitted free.

On Saturday, a wristband can be purchased for $11 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is good for rides until 3 p.m.; a wristband for unlimited rides all day can be purchased for $25 starting at 10 a.m.

Sharon Myers can be reached at (336) 249-3981, ext. 228, or at sharon.myers@the-dispatch.com. Follow Sharon on Twitter: @LexDispatchSM

Article source: http://www.the-dispatch.com/news/20170921/seniors-enjoy-day-at-fair

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