Squealin' and A Ride

OUR VIEW: Anniversaries.



First off let us say, Squealin’ on the Square was great. Not one complaint did we hear - and that’s not easy, managing that amount of people in a confined space.

Activities were everywhere, and the Laurens Rotary Club was like a carnival barker, interesting people in small rubber ducks.

Food smells were everywhere, and music was constant. It seemed that people were tired of being dictated to by a disease what they could and couldn’t do. Masks were scarce, but you could hardly blame people for wanting to shed them, and see each others’ expressions. It’s what we humans do.

This was Squealin’’s 20th Year. This festival has grown into one of South Carolina’s premier events, even though now there is competition for the first weekend in October date. And, who can blame the competitors? It’s Fall, generally perfect festival weather. (Tropical Storm Sam far off the coast tried to dampen us last week, however.)

So, Happy Anniversary, Squealin’. Thanks for the good time, Laurens.

Speaking of anniversaries, a celebration built from tragedy will mark its 10th year this Sunday. 

It’s the motorcycle ride for the late Officer Roger Rice, who lost his life in the line of duty due to a domestic violence suspect. Since then, his family has been dedicated to helping law enforcement officers deal with the ups and downs of their very challenging lives. 

The Deputy Roger Rice Ride-On Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was created after the in the line of duty death of Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Roger Rice. The fund actively supports first responders along with their families during their time of need. This fund helps when there is a medical emergency, emergency travel expenses, a death in the family, displacement because of fire, and/or other unforeseen circumstance. The fund relies on fundraising efforts throughout the year and the generous donations from contributors to provide these services. The Deputy Roger Rice Ride-On Fund is proudly operated by volunteers, so all donations received go straight into the fund, which has had the privilege to assist officers and their families in so many different ways since it was established.

One of Laurens County’s most nobel undertakings - now preparing to enter its second decade.


(Also, happy 12th anniversary to Run Like a Mann, see photo, page one.)

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