Damp But Not Done In

bklein@timesobserver.com

A little rain won’t slow them down.

The annual Senior Games of Warren and Forest counties, sponsored by Experience, Inc., the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Eldercare Council, was held at Betts Park on Wednesday morning.

Sue Himes, RSVP director, said the games have been going on for at least 20 years. She added that everyone who participates receives a ribbon, and ribbons are also awarded to overall men’s and women’s champions, and the top three in each age group.

“We’re persevering,” Himes said. “We had about 100 people sign up.”

Paul Eisert from Youngsville played acoustic guitar and sang Johnny Cash songs, and participants sang along.

Participants in three age groups 55-67, 68-77 and 78 or over braved the rain as volunteers held umbrellas. Games include a half-mile and one-mile walk at 9:45 a.m.; and table shuffleboard, corn hole, softball toss, goofy golf, jarts, frisbee toss, ring toss, croquet and golf putting at 10 to 11:30 a.m.

“People are tough, I don’t think the rain stops too many people,” Himes said. “They still want to get together for a good time. I think we’re kind of used to it here; we’ll work around the weather. People are very accommodating.”

RSVP is a non-profit agency that provides opportunities for senior citizens ages 55 and over to be productive, remain active, and feel needed within their community, Himes said.