Editor's note: This corrects the age Charles Robinson was sent out of state to make money.
COSTA MESA — We've all got them, and sometimes we hang onto them until eternity, or for as long as they can weather the storm of daily life.
We're talking about hats.
And on Friday at the Orange County, more than a dozen senior citizens put them on top of their heads, announced their names into a microphone before an enthusiastic crowd and told the specific stories behind their beloved headwear.
For Charles Robinson, 73, of Long Beach, his white cowboy hat, which won the "Best Cowboy" category, was something he picked up in Buffalo, Wyo. at the Buffalo Hotel while on a deer-hunting trip five years ago.
"We all used to wear cowboy hats growing up in Mississippi, all of us boys," said Robinson, who picked cotton on the family farm just outside the town of Liberty.