Every year, as the temperature outside begins to drop, anticipation for holiday celebrations begins to soar. And this year, there was no shortage of entertainment to watch or events to take part in on Saturday, November 13th, as the annual ‘Christmas on the Square’ was held on the public square here in Lafayette, with an estimated crowd of nearly 1,000 people gathering downtown between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. Live musical acts were featured as well as activities for all ages, including plenty of good food at various locations.
Events began at 4:00 p.m., on the courthouse lawn as Mayor Shelvy Linville welcomed the large crowd and Sheriff Mark Gammons conducted the prayer & lit the Christmas tree. Ole St. Nick and Mrs. Claus also took time out of their busy schedule at the North Pole to visit Macon County and $1,000 in cash was given away throughout the evening in separate drawings to nine lucky recipients including: Dalton Robinson, Christina Young, Stefanie Armistead, Dezerae Brawner, Casey Ebb, Kevin Centers, Brittany York, Aime Morris, and Gary Brissette. As always, the merchants were offering specials to early holiday shoppers and the three gift certificates winners from Macon Department Store were Carol Gregory $100; Vera Meador $50; and Jon Armistead $50.
Randy East and Kim Marsh kicked off the festivities outside the courthouse, with a lively round of Christmas music, followed by other musical guests including Eric Cotton, Brenda Blankenship, Cherry Cole, Ann Marie Brown, and Brian Best, which set the tone for another Christmas celebration to remember.
This year’s event hosted a variety of activities for children and adults including free carriage rides, courtesy of Phil, June and Jr. Spears; photos with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, face painting and a coloring contest at the Macon County Chronicle; story telling at Macon Department Store & McClard’s Gifts; a holiday art project for kids by the Macon County Arts Council at the Macon Courthouse; and the Lafayette Fire Department had an engine on display. Macon County General Hospital had a booth inside of the Macon County Chronicle and Mickey & Minnie visited with children around the square.
Brence Walters, age 12, was crowned ‘Christmas on the Square’ Prince and 10-year-old Brooklyn Brawner was crowned Christmas Princess. The coloring contest winners were: 1st place Kyra Chandler; 2nd place Diana Sanabria; and 3rd place Mackinzie Day.
The Macon County Chronicle, Indigo Blues, Gibson’s Café, Macon Department Store, Macon Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank, Linda’s Catering, McClard’s Gifts, Traditions Fabrics & Yarn, Cathy’s Flowers & Gifts, All About Sports and Johnson’s Jewelers, who sponsored Saturday’s event, would like to thank the people of Macon County for spending a day visiting on the public square here in Lafayette. Once again, Mother Nature cooperated and downtown was alive reminding me of the good ole days when the square bustled with activity and folks chose to shop in Lafayette, instead of driving to Nashville or Bowling Green.
“I certainly appreciated the large crowd that attended the annual ‘Christmas on the Square’,” said Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, “and I want to thank Publisher Kathryne Belle and her wonderful staff at the Macon County Chronicle for all the hard work they did to organize this event. I also want to thank all the participating businesses for their hard work & contributions as well, and a special thanks to the people who came out and spent the afternoon with our local merchants on the square. I want to urge all our citizens to be sure and support our hometown and we hope to see everyone again next year.”