Senior Citizens Day planned at Fall Festival

From Staff Reports

August 11, 2008 - Planning is well under way this year for the Hopkins County Fall Festival Senior Citizens Day. The Sept. 16 event will include a bevy of activities, headed this year by Senior Citizens Center program and marketing director Karon Weatherman.

Fall Fest Senior Citizens Day kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Civic Center. During the 2 o'clock hour, Enola Gay and Kurt Bittner will perform a musical concert while seniors participate in a mini health fair. Offering cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose and oxygen level checks will be staff from Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, At Home Health, North Star and Total Care. Jane Goldsmith will give chair massages, while Life Care Medical checks feet. Edge Medical will set up a medical display. Representatives from Texas Department of State Health Services will explain the "shingles vaccine," and Ark-Tex Council of Government will present "information that is important to all senior citizens."

At 3 p.m. Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap will hand out Hopkins County Longevity Awards for the "Male Living in Hopkins County the Longest," "Female Living in Hopkins County the Longest," "Couple Living in Hopkins County the Longest, and "Oldest Living Person in Hopkins County." Those awards will be selected from nomination forms submitted by residents, their family and friends.

For those who know people in Hopkins County who fit any of those categories, there's still time to turn in an application. The deadline isn't until Aug. 15. Nomination forms are available from Weatherman at the Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, calling 903-885-1661. Or the following nomination information may be returned or mailed to Karon Weatherman at the senior center, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, or e-mailed to nominees' names, addresses and phone numbers, dates of birth, whether they were born in Hopkins County or the date they moved to Hopkins County, their wedding date and occupation before age 65 when applicable. All nominations should include the name and signature of the person submitting the information as well as the date.

Also during the awards presentation, the "oldest male in attendance" and the "oldest female in attendance" at Fall Fest Senior Citizens Day will be recognized along with the Longevity Award winners. For information on nominations, visit the Senior Citizens Center website:

From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. bingo will be played, will dinner following from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The menu is tentatively set to include three kinds of salad, fruits and dessert.

The cost to attend all Senior Citizens Day activities to be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, is $7 per person.

For more information, call Karon Weatherman at 903-885-1661, send her an e-mail at, visit the Fall Festival website:

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