September 18, 2014

Arenac County’s Senior Olympics enter 24th year

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86-year-old and 2010 Senior Olympics Queen Bea Demo competes against Betty Ritchie in a game of horseshoes during the 22nd Annual Senior Olympics at St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital.

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — The Arenac County Senior Olympics are returning for the 24th year in a row on July 12, hosted by the St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital.

Set at Page Memorial Park next to the hospital, the Senior Olympics will be held alongside a health fair and car show, according to St. Mary’s spokeswoman Holly Bender.

Event organizer Jan Doerr said the health fair and other side events would open at 9 a.m., with the Senior Olympics opening ceremony scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Bender said it will feature events such as tennis, horseshoes, miniature golf, baseball, walking, and an egg scramble.

“It’s a kind of table game,” Doerr said. “You get these plastic eggs, you open them up, and they each have numbers on them, which you add up. Whoever has the highest number wins.”

Events are open to anyone who is at least 60 years old and lives in Arenac County, Doerr said, with registration open up through the morning of the Olympics. She said there would be two competitions for each event: one for people who reside in the county at large, and one for people who live in a facility.

“We usually get about 200 people for the entire event,” Bender said.

The top three competitors will receive ribbons in a ceremony around 2 p.m., Doerr said, and door prizes donated by health fair vendors would be raffled off as well.

The health fair will feature about 24 vendors on site, including dentists, chiropractors, medical supply dealers, and hospice care companies, providing information on health-related topics, Doerr said. Free blood pressure checks and screenings for depression and anxiety will also be available for visitors to the health fair.

Michigan Blood is also holding a blood drive at the event, Doerr said. Anyone who donates blood will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gas card.

Bender said an antique car and tractor show was planned for the event, as was a showcase of crafts, such as quilts, embroideries, woodcarving, and herb gardeners.

Doerr said live country music would be playing at around noon, when lunch is served to visitors; lunch costs $1 for seniors, and $2 for everyone else.

“It’s a cheap, fun day,” Doerr said. “You don’t need to be a senior to have fun.”

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