Big Sandy Senior Games bring out all ages

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The 34th Annual Big Sandy Senior Games brought a crowd to Dewey Dam Friday.

People from Floyd, Pike, Magoffin, Martin, and Johnson Counties joined together to allow senior citizens from all five counties compete for awards in their age-rages.

While the games were the main point of the day, many of the seniors said they come for the social experience.

"I enjoy coming. I enjoy meeting the people. I enjoy just being here with everybody. And I think this is the greatest thing ever was," said competitor Sandra Martin.

She said she isn't worried about taking home an award.

"I don't care if I win. It's just participating and being able to do it. Because, as we get older, it's a challenge for us to move and to just get around," she said.

Senior citizens were not the only people in attendance. Students and volunteers from around the region came to lend a hand to the games.

Though some of the students said they were unsure about giving up the day to help, they are glad they did.

"You may not want to, but if you actually just go out and try and have a good time helping out people, it really makes you feel great inside," said Prestonsburg High School junior Adam Slone. "I really encourage people to come out and try it."

He said the senior citizens were finding it pretty simple to keep up with the young volunteers.

The seniors will be presented with awards during an awards banquet on Wednesday, May 29.

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