Springdale, SC (Paul Kirby) – The leaders of the Town of Springdale have made the difficult decision to cancel the Springdale Summerfest and Golf Cart Parade as well as the Daddy and Me 5k run-walk this year. These types of community events take months of planning, and the uncertainty of the global pandemic has made planning any large event in the future almost impossible.
Springdale’s Summerfest and Golf Cart Parade was a great event last year. Carts and their riders lined up at the local Methodist church and at the appropriate time, paraded down Platt Springs Road to the town hall and park. Each was garishly decorated in a tropical summer theme as were most who were riding them. Adults and children alike all had a blast!
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The parade was followed at Springdale’s park beside the town hall with Summerfest. There were many fun things to do, free food and drinks, and lots of laughter filled the air. It was a great way to celebrate summer.
The Daddy and Me 5-k was a run-walk event that promoted fatherhood and the importance of fathers being involved in their children’s lives. It also raised money for the Midland’s Fatherhood Coalition.
The idea of then Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett, this event sprang from memories of his own childhood. He grew up without a father in his life. He once told the leaders of Serve & Connect, “I taught myself to shave and properly tie a tie. I learned to be a gentleman from television and from the random people that touched my life in some way,” Cornett explained. From that memory, the Daddy and Me 5K was born.
Mayor Michael Bishop of Springdale said in a recent newsletter, “We are looking forward to making next year's events bigger and better!”