Monday marks the start of the 29th annual Armstrong County Senior Games with indoor and outdoor events planned through Thursday.
About 160 residents who are 55 and older have signed up to take part in this year’s senior games, which is sponsored by the county’s Area Agency on Aging, said coordinator Melissa Facemeyer.
Bowling tends to be the most popular event, Facemeyer said. Other games at the event include golf, volleyball, bowling, horseshoe throwing, bocce, ping pong, pool, shuffleboard and darts. Those with physical limitations can also compete in card and word games. Medals will be awarded during a 4 p.m. buffet on Thursday at the Kittanning Senior Center at 125 Queen St.
Rose Bittinger, 74, of North Buffalo hopes a recent arm injury from a fall won’t keep her from competing.
“I do the bocce, the shuffleboard and the darts,” she said, cradling a bandaged left arm. “I’m right-handed, so I can still do it if the doctor lets me.”
On a recent afternoon at the Kittanning senior center, 83-year-old June Cravener took a few practice shots at the pool table before lunch. Cravener, who is from Spring Church, lives in Kittanning.
“I’ve got two bum shoulders, but I’ll be playing in the games,” she said.
She learned to play pool at the center and practices five days a week. It’s one of her favorite activities, but Cravener said she likes to compete each year in almost all of the events.
“I do everything, but my therapist said I can’t do the javelin shot-put this year,” she said.
Dave Minner, 72, has been participating in the games for three years and has been looking forward to playing golf during the games at Cabin Greens Golf Course near his hometown of Freeport. For Minner, the games are more about socializing and less about keeping scores and winning awards.
“We just go out there and have fun,” he said. “It gets people out enjoying a good day and meeting people from all over the county.”
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or [email protected].