Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Free food and fun brought hundreds out to the Main Street Center on Saturday for the Alford's Pharmacy and Drive Thru Ten-Year Anniversary celebration event, but it wasn't just the treats that drew the crowd. Most that attended the event were there to shake hands and visit with team members of the pharmacy.
Owner Kasey Alford, discussed the importance of the family atmosphere at his business, and how it feels like more of an extension of his own family.
"My wife and I had been married less than one year when we opened the pharmacy," he said. "We had our first daughter, Marlee, two years later, then our second daughter, Amelia, two years after that, and now we have a boy on the way. Our family has literally come to life around the pharmacy, all thanks to our patients, employees, and God's grace."
Alford said that the success his pharmacy has been extremely humbling and should be credited to God, the trust and support of their patients and community, and the hard work and dedication of almost 20 team members employed by Alford's.
"To me, that's our single greatest achievement in 10 years: providing good jobs here at home," he added.
Board members of the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce were also in attendance to help celebrate.
"On behalf of the Chamber, we want to congratulate all the members of Alford's Pharmacy for their success over the last decade," said Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons. "Ten years is amazing feat for a business and we're proud to say Alford's Pharmacy and Drive-Thru is part of the Edmonson Chamber family.
Drawings were held for over $1500 in prizes, ranging from kitchen ware to a gas grill. Nearly 300 BBQ sandwiches were served, and dozens stood in line for snow cones. When asked about the future, Alford's had a definitive answer.
"We feel like we've done a lot of good things in 10 years, but I sincerely feel much more is on the way. And, if all we ever do is provide medication to people, then we have failed our purpose. Our purpose is to love and serve others, however that may be."