Seniors bring own sunshine enough to Wise fairgrounds

Stephen Igo • Jun 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

WISE — If the sun won't shine, senior citizens bring along enough of their own to light up the Wise County Fairgrounds.

Thursday was Seniors Day at the 101st Virginia-Kentucky District Fair & Horse Show and first up was a rambunctious game of Bingo with contestants watching cards like hawks, particularly those of their neighbors, and victors greeted with cheers and applause.

None was more victorious, and surprised, than 70-year-old Elsie Jent of Burdine, Ky., who won three games and pocketed as many prizes.

"That's amazing!" she said. "I never win!"

Then she leaned over, lowered her voice and confided, "It's kind of embarrassing to win so many, though."

Then there was 58-year-old Helen Roberts, a resident of Heritage Hall in Big Stone Gap, proud to announce next week's wedding with fellow Heritage Hall resident 80-year-old Charles Flanary.

Roberts' fiance had a medical appointment Thursday and couldn't make it to the fair, but Roberts allowed that her betrothed "hasn't got a wrinkle on his face. Not one. And he gets around better than I do."

Fair gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, ATV competition cranks up at 7 p.m. and 1950s and '60s pop legend Chubby Checker will be the night's feature performer, graciously stepping in to fill the slot for R&B legend Percy Sledge, who had to bow out because of health reasons.

For an expanded version of this article, pick up a copy of Friday's paper or read the online edition.

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