SURGOINSVILLE — The 2018 Surgoinsville Christmas parade came and went Saturday before the wintry weather and snow hit, although the parade goers and participants in the Hawkins County town and outlying communities braved temperatures in the 40s during the parade. It started just after 11 a.m. under the direction of Surgoinsville Mayor Merrell Graham.
The parade, recorded in its entirety on a Facebook Live video on the Kingsport Times News Facebook page, staged between the First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church on Old Stage Road and headed west. turning south at the Rock House and City Hall onto state Route 357 (the original two-lane U.S. Highway 11W) and heading through downtown before circling back around to near where it started. Many entries threw out candy to parade goes as the parade passed by them.
It included the Volunteer High School marching band, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, kings and queens from Surgoinsville Elementary School, other school royalty, state Rep. Gary Hicks, rescue squad vehicles, fire trucks with sirens wailing and other entries such as one from WRGS Radio from Rogersville and one from First Community Bank that is to open a branch soon in Surgoinsville.
In addition, Santa Claus arrived on an antique fire truck from the Surgoinsville Volunteer Fire Department near the end of the parade.