The Ardmore Elks Lodge will hold its annual Spaghetti Day this Thursday at Heritage Hall.
Guests can come by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a spaghetti lunch or dinner while local groups perform. The meal includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink.
Ardmore Elks Lodge chairman Gene Scrugham said this year’s event will mark the 16th Spaghetti Day the lodge has held.
“We started back in 2002,” Scrugham said. “We’ve got information out to a three-county area with our membership, and we average about 1,500 to 1,700 people.”
Admission is $7 and children six and under eat free. Guests can also place to-go orders. Money raised at the event will go towards the Elks Lodge’s youth activities and charity events.
“The Elks Lodge sponsors five $1,000 scholarships each year,” Scrugham said. “We’ve got youth activities which we sponsor, and we’ve got awards and things for them. That’s mainly through the Elks Hoop Shoot, which is our basketball contest.”
Ardmore Elks Lodge also organizes a drug awareness program at the Carter County Fair and Kids Day at the park.
“We’re also big veterans supporters and we actually feed the veterans center two or three times a year,” Scrugham said.  “We provide the manpower and food. We also work at the soup kitchen and we probably spend $250-to-$300 each time we do that, which is also two-to-three times a year.”
The dinner is one of four fundraisers the lodge holds annually. They also hold a golf tournament in summer, a barbecue cook-off in spring and an annual Fun Fest.