Once again, Santa Claus will take time out from his busy schedule at the North Pole to visit Macon County and participate in the annual Christmas Parade to be held on Saturday, December 4th, 2010 beginning at 1:00 p.m.As in years past, the parade, which is sponsored by the Macon County Chamber of Commerce, will formally usher in the shopping season here in Middle Tennessee, with Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons and Lafayette Chief of Police Jerry Dallas leading the way, as the participants are asked to line up by 12:00 noon at Sunshine Market on Highway 52 West. The judging will take place during the parade at Tractor Supply, 449 Highway 52 By Pass West. The parade will proceed up the by pass in front of Wal-Mart, turn left at College Street and head to the public square before circling the courthouse and traveling out Highway 10 North. The procession will then take a right on Akersville Road and the parade will disband at the First Assembly of God.
With the theme “The Music & Magic of Christmas” the Macon County Chamber of Commerce has selected Debbie Mason as the Grand Marshall of the 2010 parade in honor of all her hard work with the various organizations that she is involved with in the area. Born and raised in Macon County, Debbie is truly a wonderful asset to our small community and we look forward to seeing her on Dec. 4th.
In addition to the Macon County High School Marching Band entertaining the crowd with popular Christmas music, Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, Lafayette City Mayor J.Y. Carter, RBS Mayor Kenneth Hollis, RBS Chief of Police Terry Tuck, Representative Terri Lynn Weaver and Senator Mae Beavers will also graciously participate in the annual parade.
Once again you can expect several beautiful floats, antique cars, youth groups, cheerleaders, beauty queens, school king and queens, utility carts, horses, all terrain vehicles, as well as the famous Shriners and their clown unit. And according to Chairperson Leigh Anne Rich, the RBS and Lafayette Fire Departments will also be on hand to travel the parade route. Local businesses, small and large, and several church entries are also slated to participate, with trophies and cash prizes to be presented to the top finishers in each category. And of course, Santa will make his arrival official as he takes a special place of honor in the parade.
This year’s categories include Antique Car, Antique Tractor, ATV, Horse & Buggy, Horse & Rider, Large Business, Motorcycle, Non-Profit/Church, Small Business and Youth.
WEEN Radio will broadcast live, so bring the family and a folding chair, and have yourself a merry ole time. See you there!
(See the parade guidelines and entry form elsewhere in the paper)