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9/20/07 - Harvey Convention Center

Local Seniors Celebrate "Senior Day" At The East Texas State Fair

One by one, seniors filled The Harvey Convention Center at the Tyler Fairgrounds Thursday morning. There are many things about this day that they look forward to all year long. There's a variety of performances from local schools, plus great food and drinks. And the best part is that it's all free. The East Texas State Fair's "Senior Citizens' Day" is an event organizers say really brings the community together.

"The fact that there are so many people here that are so happy. It makes it a really great day. There's over two-thousand people in here...cheering and clapping and having fun," said John Sykes, the East Texas State Fair general manager.

Several local school groups came out to perform and entertain the large crowd. The Texas College Concert Choir took the stage first, singing some classic gospel hymns. Of course the highlight of the day is the crowning of the King and Queen, which honors those who've been blessed with the longest lives. Born in 1899, Mister George Clifford Hughes is a remarkable 108 years old. Not far behind him is Bealah Shelton; she's 102 years young.

Of course, none of the special event can take place without the hard work of caring volunteers like Dee Miller.

"This is a great volunteer because you never have to think about anything being left out. That's the signature of a great volunteer. She's a model," John Sykes said as he leaned over to kiss Dee on the cheek.

You can be sure that volunteers and seniors alike will be counting down the days until next year's event.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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