The city of Ardmore celebrated its birthday with prize giveaways, shopping and even a parade.
Community members gathered at Central Park Saturday in the early hours of the morning to eat pancakes, listen to music, watch performances and play games to celebrate Ardmore’s 130th birthday. Prizes were awarded for the youngest and oldest attendees.
As a finale, the Douglass Alumni Assoc. Downtown parade began on E St. SW on the east side of Central Park and continued down W. Main St. to the railroad tracks.
“It’s great to see this kind of community involvement,” Carter Country Sheriff Chris Bryant said. “It was great to be a part of something like this. I’m glad we have such a great community with such great support for the county and the municipality.”
In the parade, Ardmore High School alumni represented their classes,   including graduates from 1955, 1967 and 1977.
The celebration continued into the evening hours with an 8x8 Art fundraiser and an iSnap Ardmore Smart Phone Photo Contest.
“Seventy artists painted 101 canvases for the fundraiser,” Norma Lynne Paschall, a member of Create Ardmore, the sponsoring organization, said. The event took place at the Marketplace on Broadway, with food trucks and live entertainment.
As for the photo contest, Paige Miller was announced as the winner with her photo of Lake Murray. She also was awarded second place with a photo of the celling in the courthouse. She won gift certificates to both The Stag and Ten Star Pizza.
“I was just in it for the pizza,” Miller joked.
Jinny Blankenship presented an art installation of T-shirts that were on display during the fundraiser as well.
“The t-shirts are from all groups that volunteer to show Ardmore’s volunteerism,” Paschall said.
Blankenship explained that the t-shirts are a tribute to all the volunteer hours, dollars, and the wonderful things that have been created in the community with service projects.
“When I see the t-shirts I imagine that as they’re sitting there flapping in the wind they’re spreading all the good that we’ve been able to accomplish,” Blankenship said.