Seniors enjoy 14th annual county picnic

COLUMBIANA -The 2017 Shelby County Senior Picnic was held on Wednesday, May 24 at the Shelby County Exhibition Center. County Manager Alex Dudchock said the picnic has been hosted by the Shelby County Commission for at least 14 years.

“The Shelby County Commission has been significantly investing in senior programs in our county for 20 years,” Dudchock said.

Dudchock said the picnic served as a way for senior adults to rekindle old friendships, make new friends and increase their community involvement.

“It has communities joining other communities. It gets them out for a day of entertainment, food and door prizes,” Dudchock said. “It’s just exciting for us.”

During the picnic, senior adults enjoyed lunch provided by Full Moon Bar-B-Que, live music and a performance from the Birmingham Sugar Babies Dance Team.

“The dance instructor reached out for her desire to grow (the program) and have people from Columbiana, Alabaster and Pelham on her dance team from their three different senior centers. Those ladies are fearless,” Dudchock said.

According to Dudchock, the Shelby County Senior Picnic has grown with the county’s senior adult population over the years.

“If you look at the growth of our 55 and older population, it’s reached a high percentage,” Dudchock said.

While the picnic had to be relocated, Dudchock said the inconvenience did not stop about 700 local seniors from attending.

“We were going to be at the American Village (in Montevallo), and we were already set up there. There was bad weather forecasted, and there were significant inches of water recorded onsite,” Dudchock said. “We originally had 1,080 RSVP. Today, we’re around the 700 number.”