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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Time for celebrating community, kids

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  • The Kiwanis Club’s largest fundraiser, which strives to give folks of all ages a good time, returns to Lone Grove’s Sullivan Family Park this weekend.
    The Kiwanis Club of Lone Grove will welcome the community to the annual Lone Grove Days, which kicks off Friday with little-league baseball games at 6 p.m. and gospel singing at 6:30 p.m.
    The fun continues Saturday with a 5K run, pancake breakfast, three-on-three basketball tournament, remote-control car races, a car show, kids games, musical performances, the Miss Lone Grove Princess crowning, a tractor pull and more.
    Kiwanian Jeff Miller, who serves as one of the chairs for the event, says the event was started to celebrate the city in a family-friendly atmosphere.
    “There is lots of games during the day for children,” Miller said. “We offer a lot of variety and family entertainment. It is a relaxed atmosphere and the weather should be good this year.”
    Miller says each year more events are added or changed in hopes of increasing more people participating in the two-day event.
    As always, the Kiwanis Club wants to highlight the many talented students from Lone Grove schools. On Saturday, there will be performances by the middle and high school cheerleaders, the Lone Grove Show Choir and the high school drumline.
    “One of the big things that Kiwanis tries to do is to be a projector of the talent in our schools,” Miller said. “We try to give those kids plenty of chances to show it off. We are big on our kids, that is one of our primary functions — to help the community and help our kids.”
    Miller says folks come annually for the gospel singing set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, the 5K run with registration at 7 a.m. Saturday, the Show and Shine Car Show at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and the tractor pull at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Little league games are played throughout the two-day event.
    For many, the fellowship and browsing through vendor booths is a highlight, Miller adds.
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