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Seniors enjoy day at Sgt. Jasper Park

  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Some of the seniors from different centers participated in friendly games of corn hole. The prize? Bragging rights.
  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Some of the seniors from different centers participated in friendly games of corn hole. The prize? Bragging rights.
  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Some of the seniors from different centers participated in friendly games of corn hole. The prize? Bragging rights.
  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Hardeeville City Councilwoman Carolyn Kassel talks with a group of seniors. Cassell also helps with the Jasper County Council of Aging.
  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Lunch was a traditional cook out of hot dogs, baked beans, chips and cookies. Some of the seniors volunteered to organize and distribute plates to everyone.

The heat didn’t deter the seniors of Jasper County on Tuesday from competing with one another in good fun over games of cornhole, zombie toss, and horse shoes at Senior Fun Day in Sgt. Jasper Park in Hardeeville.

Seniors from Ridgeland, Hardeeville, and Robertsville came out to enjoy the company, community, and competition for the second annual event.

“This is our way of getting the seniors from the sites together — believe it or not, they know each other! So we try to get them together so they can meet and greet and talk about what’s going on at their center and just have fun,” said Marvile Thompson, the executive director for Jasper County Council of Aging, who noted May is “Older Americans” month.

Besides the games, the outdoor gathering featured a small lunch. Laughter and smiles from seniors and volunteers filled the park. Members from Jasper County Council and Hardeeville City Council showed their support and came out to enjoy the afternoon with the group.

“Just the idea of getting out brings them out here. Just getting out and doing something and playing against another (senior center),” said Thompson.

The friendly competition, scenic view, and good company is always an uplifting and positive experience for the seniors, said Thompson. It’s why she’s noticed her event grow in numbers over the past two years.

Everyone enjoys a good afternoon.

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