Christmas parades aplenty Holiday spirit alive and well

Christmas parades aplenty Holiday spirit alive and well
By DONNA RYDER
and KEVIN BOWDEN
It’s the season for Christ-mas parades and Obion County had a weekend filled  with jolly events.
In Obion, Friday night’s Christmas parade was described as one of the largest in the town’s history, according to Obion Mayor Glen Parnell.
Streets through the downtown area were lined with spectators who enjoyed ideal weather conditions for the half-hour parade. The parade featured emergency vehicles from across the county, as well as decorated vehicles, floats, a band and the official arrival of Santa Claus aboard a fire truck.
Immediately following the parade, the Obion Community Center was the site for a special reception complete with hot chocolate, holiday snacks and a visit by Santa Claus.
In Kenton, Saturday night’s Christmas parade was also well attended by Kenton area residents. The parade route through town was filled with spectators who were entertained by a long procession of emergency services vehicles, the Rutherford Middle School Marching Band and brightly decorated vehicles. Mild weather Saturday night contributed to the strong turnout at the near half-hour parade, which featured a trumpet solo by state Rep. Bill Sanderson, who walked and played the entire parade route.
Kenton’s First State Bank opened its doors for a special post-parade reception featuring Santa Claus. The bank lobby was filled with excited youngsters eager for a little time with the visitor from the North Pole.
The magic of Santa is never-ending. As Kenton’s parade was ongoing Saturday night, Samburg’s parade — arguably the biggest in the county — got under way at 6, with Santa bringing up the rear on the town’s big red fire truck. There was a large crowd gathered along the parade route to witness entries from nearly every city in the county and entries from Weakley, Lake and Dyer counties. Of special note was a musical performance by the Obion County Central High School Rebel Marching Band.
Afterwards, everyone was invited to gather at Samburg First Assembly of God to enjoy cookies and doughnuts with hot chocolate, coffee or soft drinks. Santa greeted the children and each received a gift and a sack of fruit and candy.
One of the key attractions for youngsters along the parade routes in Obion, Samburg and Kenton was the abundance of candy that is traditionally thrown from those in the parade, and children were not disappointed this weekend.
They’ll be able to collect more this weekend when the last two parades are hosted in the county.
Hornbeak’s parade will get under way at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the line-up starting at 1 at Black Oak Elementary School for the floats and at the former feed store for walkers, bicycles, ATVs and horses.
Hornbeak Woodmen of the World will provide refreshments at City Hall following the parade.
Santa Claus will return to Hornbeak City Hall on Dec. 15 from 5-7 p.m. when he will hear last minute wishes and have something special for the children.
Troy’s Christmas parade will be the last for the county. It starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Line-up will be at 6. Any entry longer than eight feet will need to line up at Hillcrest Elementary School. A Troy Community Club member will be there to register entries and give numbers for judging. All others will need to line up at Troy’s Trojan Park. Entries must be decorated, especially four-wheelers, organizers noted. Horse trailers should be parked at the T-ball field.
Afterwards, everyone is invited to the Troy Fire station, where prizes will be awarded. Snacks will be provided and Santa will visit with children, as well. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.
Published in The Messenger 12.5.11

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