Hot Springs Lodge No. 380 exhibited Drug Awareness information and handed out brochures, balloons and coloring books to around 150 members and children in attendance at the Family Picnic -- the first in two years, due to the pandemic.
"Elroy the Drug Awareness Elk" was popular with children and adults alike, a news release said.
Recognition was also given during the picnic to the Hot Springs Fire Department and the Hot Springs Police Department's SWAT Team. Both groups came in full gear, with their vehicles, for photos with attendees at the picnic.
Children were welcomed by the firefighters and the SWAT team members, received fire hats, and were allowed to "practice" with SWAT body shields after climbing into a firetruck and the SWAT vehicle.