Sponsoring the event are adult and junior group members of the Elijah Allen Oldham (EAO) Foundation, who will use funds raised at the street fair to create scholarships and complete community projects, selected by the families, in memory of all three boys.
Jamie Hawkins, president of the EAO Foundation and Oldham family friend, is one of 15 women who formed the group dedicated to honoring the memory of 16-year-old Elijah.
Elijah’s mother, Karissa Oldham is also a member of the organization and sees the street fair and all other activities hosted by the group, as a way of repaying the community for the outpouring of love support she and her family have received over the past year.
“This is a great way for us to give back to everyone that has been so supportive,” she stated. “There have been a lot of people and businesses that have supported us and this foundation. It has been extremely heart warming.”
A variety of family-friendly activities will be available during the street fair including a balloon release, dunking booth, kids art booth, face painting, inflatable jump areas, karaoke, a petting zoo, musical entertainment, fireworks, a golf ball drop, food, various vendors, a corn hole tournament and a 3-on-3 basketball game.
Also included in the roster of activities, is a video game bus that will be parked at the event equipped with televisions and video gaming systems. All three boys were avid gamers, according to Karissa, and the gaming bus is a nod to their beloved hobby.
Beginning at 10 a.m. the opening ceremony balloon release will kick off the event. Balloon messages will be available for guests to purchase for $1 each.
Following the opening ceremony, a 3-on-3 Basketball game will take place at noon, followed by the start of the corn hole tournament at 2 p.m.
The golf ball drop will take place on the ball field, and will cost $20 for one chance or $50 for three. Those participating in the golf ball drop will drop their ball on the field while trying to get as close to the hole as possible. A hole-in-one will be rewarded with $1,000 (split if more than one hole-in-one winner), $500 for the second closest to the hole and six other $100 prizes for those closest to the hole.
Fireworks will begin at 6 p.m., and while bleacher seating is available, guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of rain, the Street Fair will be held at Trousdale County Elementary School.
T-shirts will also be sold by the EAO junior group, with all proceeds going towards scholarships in honor of Elijah, C.J and Jonathan.
“Even though we named the foundation after Elijah, everything EAO does is in honor and memory of all three boys,” Karissa said. “I hope everyone will come out to the Street Fair. Really, it’s about giving back to the community and celebrating the lives of the boys. The community projects and scholarships are a way of giving back and also keeping their memory alive, which is very important to us.”
The EAO Foundation is represented by a Fleur De Lis, a symbol made up of three parts, to signify each of the boys that lost their lives one year ago.
The EAO Foundation plans to make the Hartsville Street Fair an annual event on the first Saturday in May of each year.
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