Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

August 30, 2013

Locals enjoy pageant, Senior Day activities

By Tina Taylor
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Community Complex grand stands were full of hundreds of seniors last Wednesday morning for the annual Senior Day at the Fair, sponsored by Hood Funeral Home. Fair Park's Peggy Houston led the activities as the mistress of ceremonies. Lots of fun was had by all, with many prizes, ribbons and awards given out for all the games and contest winners.

Frances Cunningham Brooks led the honors of the Miss Senior Pageant. She was 2006 Miss Senior Tennessee. She will be returning this October to Atlantic City to again be a judge for the National Miss Senior American Pageant, what an honor and a thrill!

Brooks recognized many of the previous year’s winners of Miss Senior Cumberland County, who were on hand. Contestants were judged on their philosophy of life, evening gowns, interview and community involvement. The judges were from the Upper Cumberland Development District in Cookeville.

Cora Reese won first runner-up and the title of Miss Congeniality. This year’s crown went to the beautiful Noelani Derosset. She will be representing Cumberland County at the state, but that is only a part of her new job. You may see her as she is required to make many public appearances within the next year, from ribbon cuttings to riding in the Christmas parade and much more. She is sure to do a great job.

The Cameo Club, which consists of previous title holders, celebrated after the contest by eating at Forte’s. Next year, encourage all the elegant ladies you know to enter this great and fun opportunity of a lifetime.

Due to the fair traffic last week, the new Saturday Night Country Dances will be starting off this Saturday evening, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the senior center. Several of the dance clubs are planning to attend. It will be held every week, with Tom Fincher and the Southern Pride Country Band, including many special guests.

Instructor Janet Olinger will be teaching a new class on how to crochet with yarn or string. You can take free lessons, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Cumberland County, UT Extension Agent Kelli Bottoms will be teaching “Take Charge of Diabetes” classes, which will teach how to better live with this disease. This classes will be starting Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. All educational classes are sponsored at the senior center by Hood Funeral Home.

All handmade heritage demonstrators, craft and food vendors need to remember the 29th annual Pioneer Day Heritage Festival with the new outdoor dog challenge is this month — Saturday, Sept. 14, at the fairgrounds. All singers and groups need to enter the MusicFest competitions. To learn more and to enter, contact Fair Park Senior Center at 484-7416. Dog owners can enter their working dogs for competitions at the Plateau Animal Hospital at 484-8060. Everyone is going to really love this year’s festival.

All seniors can be a part of the Fair Park Senior Center, which is across the street from the Cumberland County Community Complex at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville, and is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit their website at or call 484-7416 to learn more.