BIG CYPRESS — It was billed as the annual Senior Earth Day Field Day, but cut-throat competition was nowhere to be found April 18. Instead, about 30 seniors relished the camaraderie, fellowship and fun of a day filled with activities and laughter at the Junior Cypress rodeo grounds in Big Cypress.

To celebrate Earth Day, a purple potato tree was planted in their honor next to the two Tabebuia trees planted in the previous two years. Then the competition began.

Seniors from Big Cypress, Brighton, Immokalee and Hollywood eagerly showed off their skills at the skillet toss, Frisbee toss, horseshoes, lawn dart bullseye throw, basketball, bowling, cornhole and miniature golf contests.

“I thank god for this beautiful day to be with my fellow senior citizens,” said Paul Buster. “It’s good to participate, enjoy the activities and share good thoughts and fellowship. I’m just going to enjoy what I can do today.”

Every participant received medals on beaded lanyards and many received raffle prizes along with their lunch.

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