The fifth annual Boone County Senior Services Olympics was held last week.

Nearly 180 seniors participated this year, with eight competitive events and four non-competitive events including corn hole, bocce ball, basketball, euchre, golf, nature and fitness walks, line dancing, pickle ball, table tennis, water aerobics and bowling.

Track and field had to be cancelled due to the weather.

“Track and field will be back,” Anita Bowen, executive director of BCSSI, said. Track and field draws large crowds but had to be cancelled this year for safety purposes.

The weather also affected bocce ball, which was rescheduled until after the closing ceremony. Also, horseshoes turned into corn hole because the ground was too wet for horseshoes.

Bowen said euchre had the largest turnout with 72 participants.

Line dancing drew 39 participants, dancing to various types of music from Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” to Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance.”

Paula Snyder, along with Joice Stewart and Joan Cornwall, helped teach the dances to the group.

Bowen said BCSSI looks for Olympic events that people want to do, so the program continues to grow. Events will change, depending on the number of participants and feedback, she added.

The Senior Olympics concluded Thursday, Aug. 29, with an awards program.

The oldest participants were Edna Grater, 96, and Russ Roberts, 94. Participants in the most events were Camilla Bowman with nine and Dan Warkentien with 10. Those who earned the most medals were Susan Hill and Vicky Deckard with four each, and Dan Warkentien with five.

The Spirit Award went to Susan Hill and Roy Reynolds. Crown Pointe of Lebanon was recognized for being the senior living community participating in the most events. Bob Sanders was the 2019 torch captain.

Eleanor Wanser won the T-shirt contest. Her design was chosen as the 2019 BCSSI Olympics’ shirt.

Sponsors were thanked and a breakfast was held at the closing ceremony.

“The Olympics is inspiring for everyone involved. It takes a village and brings joy to the community,” Bowen said.

The Back Porch Pickers performed a few songs while the crowd chatted or sang along. Eric Imboden concluded the entertainment with “God Bless the USA.”

The torch was then extinguished by Sanders as he walked the torch out of the dining area.

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