Tuesday, the 42nd annual Orange County Senior Citizens Rally Day was held at the Veteran’s of Foreign War Post 2775.

“We had an excellent crowd,” said Pam Scales Crew. “I would guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 people out there.”

“I think it’s the most in nine years, since I’ve been here,” said Paula Tacker, county extension agent.

“We were praying the food would multiply. We were afraid we would run out,” said Crew
Robert’s Meat Market, who supplied lunch, made sure there was enough food for everyone.

“They enjoyed the gumbo, potato salad and cake,” said Tacker.

Local seniors are honored in several categories.

James and Betty Nezat were named most outstanding male and female. “They’re real active in the community,” said Crew.

“They were so surprised,” said Tacker. “Their family was able to come from out of town, she said. “They cried.”

John Retasky, 92, from Bridge City was the oldest man. He was born on March 1, 1917 and has lived in Bridge City for 65 years.

The oldest woman in attendance was Inez Turner of Orange, who will turn 102 next week. She was born May 17, 1909. Crew said there was another women present that was 101, and her own mother, Vergie Scales will be 100 on Halloween. “Women in their 80s don’t stand a chance to win,” said Crew with a laugh.

A few new categories were added this year. Louis Cambell from Wildwood traveled the farthest, 45 miles, to attend this years event. Vergie Scales has attended the most rallys. Scales says she has come to the event for 35 years. Walter Pinson of West Orange has the most grandchildren and great-grandchildren with a total of 44. The most festive dressed, according to the theme “On the Hunt for Health” was captured by Donna Cole and Paula Smith. “The came in their camo,” said Tacker.

Britt Godwin and Huey Buxton provided the entertainment. “They picked and grinned for us,” said Crew. “They’re just awesome, they picked a lot of old tunes that lots of people know.”

“They sang and did a little fiddle playing” said Tacker.

Guests played Bingo and there were lots of door prizes.

Orange County Commissioner Precinct 4 Jody Crump was the emcee for the day. “He did an outstanding job,” said Crew.

Jeff Bell, former pastor of Cove Baptist Church led the invocation. “We were teasing him about having to bless the food enough to make it divide,” said Crew.

Baptist Orange Hospital was represented by one of their new physicians. She talked about the importance of vitamin D.

Seniors could also visit the booths of area businesses that cater to seniors. “We couldn’t have taken more vendors,” said Crew. They filled all the space available.

The committee on aging helps organize the event each year with the AgriLife Extension Agency. Volunteers were also on hand from Orange County Road and Bridge, and Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The Kiwanis Club of Orange served lunch. “They worked very hard,” said Tacker. “They always help us.”

“It was a good day. A lot of people enjoyed it,” said Tacker.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.