ELK GARDEN – Summer has gotten off to a busy start in Elk Garden with a community yard sale in June, a chicken dinner to kick off July, and several events planned this week.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – Summer has gotten off to a busy start in Elk Garden with a community yard sale in June, a chicken dinner to kick off July, and several events planned this week.
Thursday marks the crowning of prince and princess of the Elk Garden Fireman’s Carnival, while Friday is the feature parade, which rolls off at 7 p.m.
Fireworks are planned for Friday night, with a rain date of Saturday.
Upcoming events include a movie night in the park for children set for Aug. 3. Participants should bring lawn chairs and refreshments will be provided.
On Aug. 11 there will be an evening of entertainment, food and a car show in town.
The Elk Garden Council hopes to draw visitors who are coming to Jennings Randolph Lake for the Blue Dragon Regatta back to town for an evening of festivities.
As the mayor and council met this week, mayor Marian Droppleman announced that Camp Serenity is donating a picnic table for the park.
She noted that there has been a lot of damage at the park as the netting and other items are torn up from visitors climbing on top of the equipment.
“If they aren’t going to appreciate what we have, why have it?” asked Droppleman, as the council considered making repairs one more time.
“Their parents don’t care what they do. They have no direction in their life,” said Kevin Broadwater, who oversees the parks.
“I hate to see it go for the kids that do use it,” he said.
“We need to do something,” agreed the mayor, as members of the council agreed to make repairs.
In other business, the council discussed issuing stickers on four-wheelers as a permit to ride in town.
Droppleman said that police chief Jimmy Stewart has talked to some of the riders, noting that if they are not operating the ATV safely and abiding by traffic signs, etc. that he will talk to them.
“We’re not here to make money, we’re here to help people,” she said of the idea of charging for permits.