DOBSON — Rainy weather hasn’t dampened the spirits of area seniors.
The Yadkin Valley Senior Games are about halfway complete, according to Bradley Key, who coordinates the events for the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department.
Key said recent inclement weather has forced Senior Games organizers to utilize rain dates. However, seniors have still managed to complete about half of the events associated with the annual games.
As of Thursday, seniors had already competed in bowling, pickleball, corn hole, the basketball shoot, the football throw, swimming, table tennis, billiards and the fun walk. Key added that seniors have been quite busy, as only a few weeks has passed since the games kicked off on May 8.
Key noted one new event in 2017, miniature golf, drew 21 participants to Homeplace Recreational Park.
Nineteen seniors are registered to play disk golf, another new event, on Friday at Fisher River Park, according to Key. A temporary disc golf course will be set up at the park for the event.
However, disk golf is only a small part of the fun which lies ahead, said Key. Badminton, racquetball, track and field, a 5K bike or run, spin-casting, the softball throw, horseshoes and croquet are still to come.
Key noted some activities are more strenuous than others, helping the games appeal to seniors of all ages and abilities. Most enjoy the camaraderie associated with the events, and refreshments are served after each activity.
“With the variety of activities offered, there is something for everyone,” explained Key.
Following the list of athletic activities still to come, the senior games season will end at the Yadkin Arts Center in Yadkinville on June 8. There, many will show off some of their other talents.
Key said the event will include entries in areas such as photography, paintings, drawings, crochet and literary works. Seniors will also perform live, including performances in line dancing, comedy and singing.
Key said the games afford area seniors with an opportunity to socialize with peers and exercise, and they also serve as a reminder that age is just a number.
“We remind them that you are never too old to play, and its never too late to create,” said Key.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.