Rain Doesn't Dampen Older Americans Day

Dothan, AL - Each year thousands of seniors flock to Eastgate Park for Older Americans Day.

There was music, dancing, vendors and fishing.

Teresa Daniels said, “I just love the entertainment.”

“We like the beat of the music. Makes you go, go, go,” said Ann Manire.

Nathaniel Vickers said, “The fish are slow. We're hoping they'll get started real soon. And we'll be able to catch a good mess.”

Cloudy skies and rainy weather may have kept some home this year, but these young at hearts wouldn’t let that dampen their day.

“A lot of people think these people don't know how to have a good time. They know how to have a good time as well as anyone. They enjoy each other. They want to be a part of something new and they get to see some good entertainment,” said SARCOA Executive Director Robert Crowder.

The event isn’t all fun and games. Places like the Southeast Alabama Medical Center were there checking blood pressure and doing fall risk screenings to ensure these seniors are healthy and can continue going to fun events like this one.
“This is the first time I’ve got to come out. I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to many more years,” said Vickers.

Maybe next year the sun will be shining and the fish will be biting for Vickers.

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