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Seniors enjoy their day at the fair

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Frankie Hassell, a resident of Cypress Glen Continued Care Retirement Community, pets a "baby dinosaur that emerged from an "egg" at the Pitt County Fair, during the Dakota and Friends Dinosaur Road Show. Wednesday was Senior Citizen Day.


By Deborah Griffin
Staff Writer

Thursday, September 19, 2019

You don't have to be a child to enjoy the Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair.

But spending a few hours there just might make you feel like one again — even if you have some silver in your hair.

Wednesday was Senior Citizen’s Day, and the occasion brought out about 200 residents who took advantage of the fair weather — with highs in the mid-seventies — to have fun and relive some of the magic of their youth.

This year marks the 100th year of the county fair. If they grew of in Pitt County, seniors could recall attending the same event during their childhood, though the exhibits and food choices have changed dramatically.

Still, some mainstays remained.

A few seniors visiting from Cypress Glen Continued Care Retirement Community couldn’t remember the last time they tasted cotton candy. Their delight was unmistakable as the sugary treat passed their lips.

Under the pavilion, the crowd first was entertained by Cyrus Taylor, a senior favorite, according to Fair Director Phyllis Ross.

“They love him. I ask him to come back every year. He’s been coming here for years,” Ross said.

Taylor sang a variety of nostalgic oldies, including, Wonderful World and Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

His crooning brought a sea of smiles to the audience. There was much toe tapping, hand clapping and quiet voices could be heard singing along.

More fun followed.

Seniors were treated to a raffle drawing for door prizes and were given a bags of peanuts, including a coupon from Texas Roadhouse. They also received coupons from Krispy Kreme.

Later refreshments were served, which included homemade pie.

Marc Dobson, a one-man-band, who sings and plays over nine instruments — all at the same time — entertained the crowd with music and comedy.

Several seniors were captivated by the Dakota and Friends Dinosaur Road Show, which features lifelike miniature dinos.

Tonight, will be College Night at the Pitt County Fair. Students get a $2 discount by showing their school ID.