Thursday, December 6, 2007
Christmas season arrives
By SUE WATSON
A crowd big enough to surge wrapped around the square for the 2007 Christmas Parade, according to Susan Jordan, executive director of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce. The parade was larger this year and beautiful, she said.
Good weather had a hand in the turnout.
“It couldn’t have been nicer,” she said. “We appreciate everyone participating to make this a good community event.”
Santa and his sleigh appeared this year to throw candy to the crowd. Also, Carole Jean Taylor was back in her traditional “Minnie Mouse” outfit.
Arvern Moore served as grand marshal this year.
Overall winner and first place in the non-commercial category went to Heritage Apostolic Church’s float, this year designed as a long train. The Christmas train had 75 passengers, according to Barry Thomas.
“It was loaded down with live music - always good,” Jordan said.
Second place in non-commercial went to Miss Rust College, Courtney Williams.
Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Holly Springs took first place in the commercial division and Wal-Mart was second.
The antique car category winner was Hugh Hatchett of Waterford with his 1950 Chevy pickup.
Over 40 bands, floats, and other entries participated this year, Jordan said, including the Byhalia High School band. Other schools participating included Holy Family, Galena, Holly Springs, Marshall Academy and Rust College.
Other chamber events in December include the the annual Christmas lighting contest on Thursday, Dec. 13. Businesses and homes within the city limits should turn on Christmas lights before dark for the judges. Categories this year include best commercial, best door, most original and best house decoration, Jordan said. First, second and third place winners will be judged in each category.
The final chamber event of the year is Business After Hours set for Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. at the VFW Service Station.
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