June 3-- Senior adults from Toombs and surrounding counties gathered at the Toombs County Senior Center for the Second Annual Golden Stars Senior Pageant. Two person teams from the Appling, Bulloch, Candler, Jeff Davis, Long, Pierce, Toombs and Wayne County Senior Centers participated in the pageant.
Each team took a turn on the stage dressed in their best as they were introduced by Action Pact's Deputy Director, Dr. Shelli Tyre, who acted as emcee. Dr. Tyre also shared information that the contestants had given prior to the pageant to let the judges learn a little about them. Some of the topics included their favorite Senior Center activities, if they had a childhood nickname, what they thought their best feature was, if they had a celebrity crush and what they would like to be remembered for. In addition, each couple was asked a different surprise question while onstage. Surprise questions included topics such as favorite food, favorite song, where would they like to travel and what is the best thing about growing older. All of the answers given carried themes of contentment, spirituality and wonderful senses of humor. It was a pleasure for the audience to glimpse each of the contestant’s personalities.
After all of the teams were introduced, they and the audience were entertained with a few classic songs led by the Action Pact performers. During this time the judges, who included Sandra Dowd – CASA, Jason Hall - Lyons City Manager and Kailey Dees – Vidalia City Councilwoman, took on the difficult task of selecting winners.
After much deliberation, awards were presented. First place was awarded to Ms. Valerie Slocum and Mr. Abe Leon Futch of Long County. Second place was awarded to Ms. Louistine Campbell and Mr. George Brumfield of Toombs County. Third place was awarded to Ms. Della Wilkerson and Mr. Willie Frank Thomas of Wayne County. An award was also given for Prettiest Dress to Ms. Valerie Slocum of Long County and Best Attire to Mr. George Brumfield of Toombs County.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming involved in Senior Center activities, please contact the Toombs Center at 912-537-0453.