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“Golf Cart Parade” to be part of Springdale’s birthday celebration this weekend

Springdale, SC (Paul Kirby) – The town of Springdale, SC is turning 65, and for one Springdale girl, making the birthday celebration big is a natural calling. For Josie Ricard, 15, high expectations in Springdale come as a birthright. Her father Juston Ricard has served on the town’s council for a number of terms, her mother is a school teacher in the area, her late grandfather was a small businessman for decades that ran a local Boy Scout troop and turned out dozens of Eagle Scouts, and the list of goes on and on. Young Josie and her even younger sister Janie have some very big shoes to fill. With a pedigree of giving back to the community, and especially Springdale, an area that her family has called home for years, it’s no surprise that she has already started making a difference in the quality of life in Springdale herself and is now playing a big part of helping throw the town’s birthday party.

Like most small Lexington County communities, golf carts are an important part of the neighborhoods in Springdale. Josie’s family has had carts for years, and she loves the way riding on it makes her smile. They give you an open-air feel and an opportunity to be more neighborly. You can say hello, give everyone a wave and even pull over to chat where the person your talking with can see you and you can see them. It’s a gentile form of transportation; plus, you can easily customize a cart with accessories, tire, rims, decals, and paint to make it your own. Some go all out to add the bling! For Josie, Springdale needed a parade for its birthday and integrating one for golf carts during the celebration would make a great addition to the town’s party!

Springdale’s big birthday bash is this Saturday, June 30 and the first Springdale Golf Cart Parade is scheduled to be a big part of it. Beginning at 11 a.m., the golf carts will leave the parking lot of Platt Springs United Methodist Church and parade down Platt Springs Road. There will be awards presented for first, second and third place. It will end up just past the town hall at the lot where the food truck rodeos are held. At that point, everyone can check out all the carts.

After the parade, there will be hot dogs, drinks, bounce houses, games, and even a dessert contest at the park beside the town hall afterward. Participation is free, but you do have to register your cart for the parade. You can either pick up an application at the town hall during their normal business hours or get one by going to the town’s webpage at

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