Story by Darl Devault, Contributing Editor
Senior citizens will be celebrated with free admission to the fairgrounds on their special day with events from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 22 at the south end of the Modern Living Building at the Oklahoma State Fair.
All seniors ages 55 or older are invited to enjoy the “Under the Big Top” themed event for activities, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and health screenings designed especially for the golden ager.
“We are very excited to be planning the Fair and Senior Day. New for the 2021 Senior Day event is Mike Black as Elvis!” said Robyn Hicks, Fair Special Programs & Events manager. “Since January, our volunteer Senior Day committee has been hard at work planning an excellent event for Oklahoma Seniors 55 and over. We look forward to having both a successful Senior Day and Fair.”
Black, who will sing Elvis songs at 5:30 p.m., is from Choctaw after growing up in Midwest City. During his long career he has opened concerts for major acts Percy Sledge, Eddie Raven, The Grass Roots, Three Dog Night and Blood, Sweat and Tears. (story continues below)
Later he will appear outside at 7:30 p.m. during the Elvis Extravaganza at the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage. Black will compete with other powerful Elvis impersonators in a regional contest to allow one to go on to the National Championship in Las Vegas. Black has won this regional several times.
Activities planned for the day include a robust lineup of free health screenings: Blood Pressure Screenings • Blood Sugar Screenings • Pain Management Assessment • Vein Testing • Depression and Memory Screenings, and Diabetic Foot Screenings.
Flu Shots, Pneumonia, Bone Density, B12 shots will be offered by Passport Health with a cost incurred for all shots. Please have your insurance card if it covers your shots.
The event offers seniors Door Prizes (Registration: Session 1: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Session 2: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. & Session 3: 3:30 – 6 p.m.) Pick up your ticket at the prize table for a chance to win one of many donated gifts. There will be multiple drawings in the morning, the early afternoon and then again during the late afternoon. Each session’s tickets will be discarded after the end of their respective time. Please register again for both afternoon door prize sessions. Please check the winner board during each session.
The day will also feature a Photo Booth and 22 senior health and recreation exhibitors.
A full listing of what goes on “Under the Big Top” is available online at senior-day-event-detailed-schedule-8-11.pdf (okstatefair.com)
The Oklahoma Senior Games demonstration area will be there on Senior Day and for the whole run of the Fair.
This year the Games will offer special strength testing for seniors at their Senior Fitness booth
Tests will include arm strength (pushups), leg strength (globet squats), abdominal strength (forearm plank), and balance.
The largest interactive demonstration court for seniors is one of the fastest growing recreational sports, Pickleball. It is now widely embraced by seniors for its great health outcomes.
Pickleball is a recreational paddle sport for all ages and skill levels. Grandparents who welcome the opportunity to try new fitness outlets can play with their grandkids to stay active.
Whether seniors are looking for a way to exercise or want to be challenged at a competitive level, there is a place in the pickleball community.
Volunteers are needed help support the large Senior Games area from September 16 to the 26. By volunteering, helpers earn a free fair ticket, T-shirt and close-in free parking. Schedule shifts at its signup website:
The organizers are counting on the warm hospitality and strong sense of community spirt our citizens have shown as volunteers to allow the state to thrive.
“Our volunteers are a major part of how and why our state has proven itself as a great place to compete in senior games each year,” volunteer coordinator Regina Stewart said. “We have grown to offer more games because of the time and energy Oklahomans who do not compete have invested in offering the Games to those who do compete.”
Seniors can enter at gates 1, 2, 6, or 10 to catch one of the free trams which begin running at 10 a.m. Trams can stop at Gate 3 or by the fountain on General Pershing Blvd to drop you off as they are the closest drop-off points to the building. Electric and manual wheelchairs are available for rent inside Gates 1/2, 6 & 9, while supplies last. Free coffee and snacks will be on offer at 10 a.m. until they are gone.
To view the schedule of activities