CLIFTON FORGE — The Buckhorne Country Store and Campground will provide free ice cream to all law enforcement officers in the Alleghany Highlands, including state and national park rangers, from July 1-7.
M. Ray Allen, campground owner, has named Red White and Blue Lives Matter Week to honor America’s law enforcement nationwide.
“Ralph E. Allen, my father, was an active deputy sheriff of Floyd County, Kentucky, when he passed away in 2000 at 89,” Ray said.
Ralph E. Allen was a town policeman in his hometown of Martin, Ky., during the Great Depression, and a drive-by shooter wounded him in the ankle, leaving a scar that served as a constant reminder that law breakers often resort to violence.
“My dad ran for sheriff of Floyd County during the 1940s after he was discharged from the U.S. Army, but he lost by only 500 votes to Banner Meade, a Democrat running in a Democrat-controlled county,” Ray continued.
The Buckhorne Country Store and Campground, located on Douthat Road, has won Hershey’s Ice Cream’s top sales award, The Golden Scoop Award, for 19 consecutive years, and its ice cream parlor offers 32 flavors to choose from year round.
“Red White and Blue Lives Matter Week is being held to honor all law enforcement officers nationwide along with my late father, and all law enforcement officers here in the Alleghany Highlands are invited to stop by our campground for free ice cream as a token of the Allen family’s appreciation for their service to our community,” Ray concluded.