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Senior Day At The Fair

It was a perfect day at the East Texas State Fair. The sun was shining, and a nice breeze was in the air. But the real action wasn't on the rides or the midway. It was inside Harvey Hall.

The TJC band was just one of the groups who entertained the thousands of seniors who flooded the convention center.

James Brooks has been attending seniors' day for 14 years.

"Oh, I just love the atmosphere of the fair. It's just great to get out and see all of the senior citizens enjoying themselves," says Brooks.

Two fairgoers were enjoying another band so much, they couldn't help but dance along. Glen Halyard was one of them.

"I love to dance.  I don't care if there's one person or 10,00 people. It doesn't bother me a bit," says Halyard.

The day wasn't just about entertaining seniors. It was about honoring them. The oldest man and woman in the room were crowned the senior 'king and queen.'

Then, Jo and Glen Warner were recognized as the longest married couple in the room. After 70 years, they're still going strong.

The Senior of the Year Award went to Gladys Square, an 83 year old self-proclaimed 'do-gooder' who says everyday, she tries to help someone in need.

"I felt that it was nice that somebody thought enough of me to nominate me and elect me. I was just tickled to death," says Square.

When the program was over, many of the seniors headed outside and let the sights, sounds and smells of the 91st Annual East Texas State Fair remind them what it's like to be a kid again.

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