By: Lacy Hilliard
The Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade marched down Main Street, Mountain City, on Saturday, December, 1. Excited spectators young and old anxiously gathered together by the hundreds and they were greeted with an unexpected surprise- a temperature in the high sixties.
Rows upon rows of onlookers sporting hats, mittens, and thick coats has been the illustration at Christmas parades past. But much like the ghost in Ebenezer Scrooges tale, the chill of winter was a distant memory at this years parade. Instead, the crowd looked more like they were ready for a day at the beach; but the warmth of the day did nothing to dampen the Christmas spirit. The large turnout coupled with an impressive array of colorful and intricate floats made this years Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade was a success.
Classic cars, shiny tractors, prancing horses, and smoke billowing steam engines were just a few of the sights making their way down Main Street. Classic characters like Smokey the Bear as well as the Grinch could be seen entertaining the crowd. Candy and toys rained down upon the crowd and nobody left empty handed. Christmas trees trimmed with sparkling ornaments and shiny tinsel and evergreen wreaths trimmed with holly were in abundance. The floats at this years parade left no detail unattended. The theme was Ill be home for Christmas and ribbons were awarded for first and second place in three categories. The winners of the business category are; First place- Danny Herman Trucking,Second Place- Mountain Youth Academy. For the non-profit organization category, the winners are; First Place- Johnson County Knights, Second Place- Boy Scout Troop # 419 and finally in the Church category first place went to Calvary Baptist Church AWANA and second place was awarded to Pine Grove Baptist Church.
The organization of a community event of this magnitude takes an extreme amount of dedication, patience, and perseverance; for the past twenty-five years, Johnson County resident, Nancy Drake has been working tirelessly to organize the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. After all these years, Drake remains passionate about her duties and is already planning ahead for next years parade. Drake said considerations are being made as to whether or not the 2013 parade will take place after the sun goes down as suggested by some members of the community as well as in a recent Tomahawk letter to the editor. Drake said some concerns do go along with night parades and the Chamber is in communication with local law enforcement in order to calculate the risks and make the best decision for the safety of the community. Drake and the Chamber of Commerce will continue to work and plan throughout the year to ensure that next years parade is not only as successful as this years; but perhaps even better.
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