By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
When the Nov. 30 fire roared through the community of Floyd, neighbors and friends rallied together to help one another out and save their community in the ensuing blaze.
On Saturday, the Floyd Lions Club will host a community fun day to say thank you to those who helped and try to bring back some of the community togetherness from years past.
Beginning at 2 p.m.,those who live in the Floyd community or have ties to the area are invited to come out and enjoy the festivities, said committee chairman, Dave Nash.
“Many in the community do not know each other and this is an opportunity to get the community together,” Nash said.
The Floyd Lion’s Club, will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs. Many activities and games are planned for those attending. Prizes will be given to the youth, said Nash. A dance will also be held beginning at 7 p.m. The Back Porch Pickers and Jamboree performers will provide music during the afternoon, said Nash.
The idea was brought to the club to host an event that would give back to the community for their support over the years, Jeff Essary, Floyd Lions Club President said. This is an opportunity to thank them for their support of the jamboree and other activities, said Essary.
“This is just so all the community can get together, keep the tradition going, it’s what small towns do,” Essary said.
According to Nash, there is a lot of history in the Floyd community, and these types of gatherings were once a common occurrence in the area.
The Floyd fire was a wake-up call to revive this tradition, Nash said.
Over the years, several people have moved in and out of the area, gotten busier in their lives and neighbors have lost touch with one another, he lamented.
By hosting the community day, the club hopes to revive the tradition of gathering together and getting to know your neighbor, said Nash. Lions Club members hope to host the gathering every year and have it grow bigger and bigger, Nash said.
“We want to encourage the community unity before it’s lost forever. I’m proud of our little community, for neighbors helping neighbors,” Nash said.