PALMYRA — Not even the rain deterred area health care facilities residents from participating in the 22nd Finger Lakes Golden Olympics held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Palmyra on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Over 100 people from four area facilities participated: the Golden Gang from Clifton Springs Nursing Home, DeMay Dazzlers from DeMay Living Center, VA Elite from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Young at Heart from Wayne County Nursing Home.
The event started out with an opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. by Wayne County Fair President Pam Ferranti, a reading of the County Proclamation by Town Palmyra Supervisor Ken Miller, a few words from Assemblyman Bob Oaks, “God Bless America” from the staff and residents of Wayne County Nursing Home, Olympic Oath by Mayor Chris Piccola, a song by Beth Whitbeck entitled “Let the Golden Games Begin”, and an invocation by Deacon Jim Fitch. Following the ceremony, residents and volunteers enjoyed a nice lunch which consisted of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, potato salad, macaroni salad, ice cream and beverages.
Residents competed in games of ball winding, horseshoe pitch, bean bag toss, nail pounding, shoe kick, bottle cap toss, spelling bee, sponge throw, and bowling, and wheelchair race. Between games, everyone enjoyed lovely music played by Gabe Verkey and Carl, and Beth and Robert Whitbeck.
Nursing home staff thanks event organizers, participating health care facilities’ residents, volunteers, and all businesses who donated goods or services making this 22nd year of the FLGO a success.