— By SHARRON HUDSON
MILLSAP – The month of May has been filled with many edifying events in Millsap and last Saturday evening many came out to enjoy another festivity held at Heritage Park.
The Millsap chapter of the Masonic Lodge hosted a fish fry and barbecue that was a real treat.
With plenty of tables located around the cabins, those who attended enjoyed a meal that was all prepared by the men and their wives. The fish and some of the other foods were fried in huge pots right on the grounds. This was some of the best food I’ve ever seen anywhere, and it was served buffet style.
Besides the fish there were chicken strips, hush puppies, French fries, coleslaw, pinto beans, and smoked ribs and pork roast. For dessert there were all kinds of cakes, pies, and cookies available at the ladies bake sale.
Jo Ann Barnhart had the cabin post office open and was giving tours, while other folks just enjoyed visiting and being out in the pleasant weather. This organization did a great job with the profits going into their scholarship fund for Millsap senior recipients.
Another local organization that is always very busy is the Millsap Volunteer Fire Department. With new members added every month since joining Parker County ESD No. 7 last November, the members recently participated in joint training on extrication.
This educational experience was hosted by the Cool Garner Fire Department, with Greenwood and Brock Dennis Departments also being represented. These departments train together on a quarterly basis to sharpen skills. Thanks Millsap VFD for training to help in emergencies and keep us safe.
In other fire department news, the Millsap VFD Facebook page has posted that the Millsap VFD Annual Turkey Dinner will be changing to the Millsap Community Turkey Dinner. The idea is to support the whole community with the fire department members still being the leaders of the event.
The department wants to use the dinner to support other community activities, such as the organization’s plan to establish a scholarship for a Millsap senior. The plan is for the dinner to still be held the second Sunday in November, and the department will be looking for groups who would like to be involved. This should be an exciting change, and we can look forward to the many positives that it will bring.
Recognition is in order to the three top ranking Millsap seniors of 2013. The valedictorian is Bobby Nolen with a GPA of 100.89, and salutatorian Sarah Mahan finishes with a GPA of 100.59. The third ranking senior is Lauren Power, who is also MHS Female Athlete of the Year.
On that note, Lauren has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for Vernon College. Each of these young people are to be commended for all of the hard work that resulted in these achievements. Congratulations to each of you!
As we get into June a big event that is on the horizon is the 66th Annual Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo. From June 12-15 there will be nightly performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. and the parade is 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Some other special events surrounding the rodeo include the Junior Livestock Show on Friday and the livestock sale on Saturday. In a show of gratitude to the military, veterans with ID will be admitted free to the rodeo as will active military in uniform along with their spouse. This should all be a lot of fun in the grand old western tradition!
With Millsap kids out of school for the summer, Millsap First Baptist Church invites them to VBS June 10-14, 6-8:40 p.m. Another activity June 24-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., is the Millsap ISD Basketball Camp for kindergarten to incoming ninth graders.
The theme is fundamental skills training and Bulldog head coach Andy Hudson will direct the camp. Cost is $75 per camper, or a family rate of $50 per camper and this includes lunch. Kids can be pre-registered at email@example.com.
It’s great to have good, wholesome activities for kids to enjoy during their vacations.
Thanks for reading!
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