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Seniors swing through fair
Special-needs teens hosted by the Knights of Columbus weren’t the only ones enjoying free admission to the fair Wednesday. It was also 2009 Oklahoma State Fair Senior Citizens’ Day. All seniors 55 and older were admitted to the fair free. "I think it’s great that they give us seniors a break today,” said Edith Connell, 68, of Enid. She was one of hundreds of seniors visiting the fair from all over the state, in groups from retirement centers or on their own. For seniors, the day was full of specials — free Space Tower rides, free refreshments and tram rides. A Seniors With the Most contest awarded seniors with the "most” — the most years, the most children, the most miles traveled and other "most” categories. A Senior Dance Swing had seniors dancing to the tunes of Moonlight Serenade, and a Senior Royalty Contest crowned a king and queen — Joe Mackey of Shawnee and Barbara Ryan of Guthrie.