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Christmas parades aplenty march into Hawkins County

December 1st, 2011 10:54 pm by Jeff Bobo

Christmas parades aplenty march into Hawkins County

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County’s Christmas parade season kicks off Saturday morning with a Church Hill parade celebrating “Faith, Hope and Love.”

Lineup for the parade is at 10 a.m. at the Church Hill Shopping Center on West Main Boulevard, with the parade set to begin at 11 a.m.

It will travel west on Main Boulevard to the Church Hill Life Care Center.

All clubs, organizations, businesses and individuals are invited to enter a float, antique and special interest cars, clowns, golf carts, marching groups, and horse-drawn buggies or wagons.

Parade entries are encouraged, but not required, to design their entries using the “Faith, Hope and Love” theme, which is intended to put a spotlight on the true meaning of Christmas.

Floats will be judged, and the first place float will be awarded $100. The second place prize is $75, with $50 for third place.

For more information about entering the parade call City Hall at 357-6161.

Also on tap for this Saturday is the Rogersville Christmas parade with a theme this year of “A Green Christmas.”

Participants in the Christmas parade will line up at Rogersville Middle School on the corner of East Main Street and Warrior Street beginning around 3 p.m.

At 4 p.m. the parade will make its way west along Main Street and end at the International Playing Card & Label Co. parking lot on the corner of West Main Street and Armstrong Road.

Following the Christmas parade, the Cherokee High School chorus under the direction of Justin Nelson will sing Christmas carols at Courthouse Square in historic downtown Rogersville. The lighting of the town Christmas tree will also be immediately after the parade, around 5 p.m. on the Courthouse Square.

Jenny Lawson of Cherokee Lake Power Clean-Up Team serves as this year’s Rogersville Christmas parade grand marshal. The chamber of commerce, which sponsors the parade, is also recognizing those who help “Keep Hawkins County Clean” as the “green” Christmas theme focuses on using recycled and recyclable materials to help celebrate the holidays.

Third on the Hawkins County parade schedule is the Bulls Gap Christmas parade Sunday at 2 p.m., with lineup at Bulls Gap School beginning at 1 p.m.

Bulls Gap also celebrates its Christmas tree lighting ceremony Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Archie Campbell Museum downtown.

Mount Carmel and Surgoinsville will each hold their Christmas parades on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Surgoinsville’s parade lines up at 10 a.m. at the fire department on Church Street, with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.

The route will follow Old Stage Road to Main Street, and from Main Street back to Church Street.

The Surgoinsville Medical Board will host a tree lighting ceremony at the new Creekside Park on the north side of the Longs Bend Bridge at the park gazebo this Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Mount Carmel’s Christmas parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 10, with lineup at 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind Hardees on Main Street. The parade begins at 3 p.m. and will travel east on Main Street to the Hammond Avenue intersection.

The Mount Carmel Volunteer Fire Department will host Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 17, for the town’s annual Santa run. Beginning at 8 a.m., Santa will ride on top of a fire truck all day Dec. 17, hitting every public street in the city delivering candy to everyone he passes on the side of the street.

A blaring siren will indicate that Santa is approaching, and children of all ages should be prepared to meet him at the road as he passes.

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