A town's annual festival took on a whole new meaning Saturday.
Holly Bobo has been missing for more than four months now, but the community isn't giving up hope. As much as Saturday was about celebrating the tight knit community of Darden, its other main focus was about finding Bobo.
Don Franks, the Pastor of Bobo's church, Corinth Baptist Church in Parsons, said "This annual celebration is just an event to bring this community together."
The 3rd Annual Darden Day festival was a typical celebration with a parade, singing and neighbors fellow shipping, but it's different this year.
"Under other circumstances, Holly Bobo would be in the parade marching with us and she would be down here providing music for the day," said Pastor Franks.
As the praise team from Bobo's church sang, it reminded her friends, like Jill White, that Holly wasn't there.
"It's really difficult because we love her so much and it's just not real, it just doesn't seem real," said White.
Prayers are what's helping get Holly's family through each day.
On Saturday dozens of pink balloons sailed into the sky over the Darden Community Center, with messages of faith and hope were attached to hopefully bring holly back home.
Holly's father, Dana Bobo said, "I hope two or three of those get to the right person. The number is on there to call."
Holly's mother said, "I would just like to thank everybody for coming out, supportive of Darden days and to support Holly. Just keep praying."
"We are just country people and we aren't giving up till we find her," said Franks.
There is still an $85,000 reward for information in Holly's disappearance. September 13th will mark five months since Bobo disappeared and everyone in Darden is hoping she will be home by then.
Holly's family goes out and searches or does something every day to find her. Dana Bobo said they receive tips, sometimes daily, but so far, nothing has led police to an arrest.
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