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19th annual North Fulton Golden Games underway
Seniors get chance to compete for fun, pride

by Hatcher Hurd

May 07, 2013

Ready to sign up contestants on opening day are volunteers Ben Hines, from left, Jeanne Bump and Barbara McGowar.Hatcher Hurd.
Carrying in the torch to open the ceremony, from left, are William Bailey, Allen Bart and Lamont Fulton.Hatcher Hurd.
Volunteers get to have a good time also. From left are Bill Hall, Joan Triano and Dottie Hall.Hatcher Hurd.
Allen Bart, left, and Lamont Fulton take the torch to the stand.Hatcher Hurd.
Trumpet soloist for the national anthem Wayne Carrell gets a good-luck hug from Roswell Recreation Commission Chairwoman Debra Ewing.
Seniors in the crowd enjoy the opening remarks at the Golden Games.Hatcher Hurd.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. Senior citizens gathered May 1 for the 19th annual North Fulton Golden Games at Johns Creek's Newtown Park. This collaborative effort by the cities of Johns Creek, Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton and Sandy Springs hosts a month-long series of events.

Medals will be awarded to winners in sports such as tennis, bowling, golf and Bocce ball. There is even a medal for the Texas hold 'em poker winner.

The event got under way with the presentation of the torch and kick-off competition featuring a hula-hoop contest among Mayors Mike Bodker (Johns Creek), Joe Lockwood (Milton), David Belle Isle (Alpharetta) and Jere Wood (Roswell).

Wood was the hands down (or is that hands up?) winner, keeping his hoop parallel to the ground without touching the ground the longest. He was immediately accused by his fellow mayors of having actually practiced for the contest.

Wood did not deny it.

The rest of the day, and indeed the month, belong to the seniors who can look forward to the competition, companionship and camaraderie.

For information on participating in some of the events, call 678-512-3430.