ROGERSVILLE — The holiday season in Rogersville officially kicks off Saturday, Dec. 1, as the town celebrates “The Joy of Christmas” — which is the theme of this year’s annual Christmas Parade.
Sponsored by the Rogersville Chamber of Commerce, the parade begins at 4 p.m. with outgoing State Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill, serving as the grand marshal.
“The Chamber would like to recognize Sen. Faulk for all the hard work he did for Hawkins County during his tenure as state senator representing the then 4th district,” Chamber director Nancy Barker said. “Faulk served as a member of the State and Local Government Committee; he chaired the Calendar Committee and was Vice Chair of the Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee. He was advocate of education and brought lots of grant dollars into the area. We were very fortunate to have Mike Faulk serving Hawkins County and thank him for the great job he did; we would like wish him well as he returns to his law practice in Church Hill.”
Following the Christmas Parade, Cherokee Chorus under the direction of Justin Nelson, will provide Christmas carols on the Square. The lighting of the Town Christmas Tree will be at about 5:00 p.m. immediately after the Parade on the Courthouse Square.
The Parade of Trees will be on display in the lobby of US Bank from 3 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 and during the bank’s regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Dec. 3 to 14.
Applications for the Parade of Trees are available at the Chamber Office. Youth groups and school groups are encouraged to participate and are eligible for cash prizes.
Groups or organizations that would like to enter the parade and have their floats judged are encouraged to call the Chamber of Commerce at (423) 272-2186 for an application. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Entries will be eligible for cash prizes.
Participants in the Christmas Parade will line up at Rogersville Middle School on the corner of East Main Street and Warrior Street. At 4 p.m. the parade will make its way down Main Street and end at the International Playing Card & Label Company parking lot on the corner of West Main Street and Armstrong Road.
Again this year, recycling of live Christmas trees is available Dec. 26 until Jan. 6 at both Holston Electric Cooperative locations at 1200 W. Main St., Rogersville, and 219 S. Central Ave., Church Hill.
All lights and ornaments must be removed before drop-off.
For further information or to obtain a free holiday visitors guide to Christmas activities in Rogersville, call (423) 272-2186.