Sardis Holds Parade And Social
By MADDISEN EIDEL
With local volunteers desiring to see their community come together for an event that would please the whole town, Sardis CARES – which stands for Committee Assisting Revitalization Efforts at the old School – Dally Memorial Library, and the Sardis Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary collaborated in order to put together the second annual Pie Social.
The event began at 5 p.m. with a parade, which was said to be a new addition to the line-up of activities planned. Jennifer Haught, a board member at the Dally Memorial Library, noted this was the first time in “quite a while” they had a parade in the Sardis area.
“It just brought the hometown touch back.” Haught commented.
The parade was sponsored by the Sardis Volunteer Fire Department, and saw a good turnout. Involved in the parade were local churches, veterans, businesses, and first responders. Each float provided candy to the children waiting on the sidelines.
Immediately following the procession of floats, the community gathered at the former Sardis Elementary School where locals could enjoy bluegrass music, a good meal, and purchase homemade pies.
Available to children was a petting zoo, free balloon animals and tattoos, various games, barrel train rides, an outdoor movie, and a firetruck display for those curious.
Dinner was served in the gym of the old elementary school by the privately funded Dally Memorial Library. The funds collected from this would benefit their organization, as they reportedly receive no funds from the state. Board member Haught explained that in addition to raising funds, they collaborate with Sardis CARES with the goal of building community pride. Haught also noted the turnout for the event was outstanding, and she conveyed her appreciation and excitement in regards to that.
Also in the gym was the bluegrass band Harold Super Service, which was sponsored and paid for by a citizen of Sardis.
In addition to this, various different organizations were involved in the event such as the non-profit organization “My Very Own Blanket,” which is said to have its roots in Sardis, as well as Air-Evac who reported that a helicopter would be arriving later that evening.
In between enjoying the bluegrass performance and looking for the best pie to purchase, social attendees also had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets.
Lisa DeGarmo – Secretary Treasurer of Sardis CARES – explained the funds obtained and collected at this event would be divided and distributed to the three organizations involved.
The President of Sardis CARES, Shelley Hulsey, explained the idea of this event originally stemmed from the desire to celebrate the improvements made on the playground at the old elementary school. DeGarmo further explained when the new school was built in Hannibal, the use of the Sardis school was retired. It was at this time the township trustees purchased it. CARES has reportedly been working and making renovations and improvements since 2014. DeGarmo also said the actions of the organization are all in an effort to improve the center.
While the organization has vastly improved the park, making it an inviting area for locals to visit, work still continues. Hulsey said new playground equipment has been installed since last year’s social including a crawling tunnel and a balance beam. She noted they were hoping to obtain another piece of equipment for the children’s enjoyment, saying, “We have big plans.”
Also added to the area were new pavers local children had painted, and Hulsey expressed that more painted pavers keep coming in. The newest addition to the park was said to be the raised flower beds – which is planned to be turned into a butterfly garden – and signs listing all of the generous donors.
Work has yet to be completed on a shade area for parents and grandparents, as well as a music wall for children.
Hulsey explained the goal of this project is to make the park a place which enhances the quality of life in their area.
Of the event and it’s goal, Hulsey said, “We have a tremendously supportive community. They have done so much in terms of donating and making it a park of relaxation and enjoyment for the children and their parents and grandparents who come here.”
“By doing this, we hope to revisit the old, community type get-togethers of the past.” Secretary Treasurer DeGarmo added.