Bloomingdale Ruritan Christmas Parade is set Saturday, Dec. 12

BLOOMINGDALE — The annual Bloomingdale Ruritan Christmas Parade is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, with long-time Sullivan County solid waste supervisor Lucian Lawson as the grand marshal and the theme of “Reclaim Christ.”

The parade lineup will begin at 9 a.m. at Ketron Elementary School, where participants will line up on Packinghouse Road and Ketron Drive. The parade will proceed from Ketron and turn west onto Bloomingdale Pike and continuing until it ends at New Beason Well Road. Jim Smallwood, co-chairman of the parade and secretary of the Ruritan, said the parade lasts about 30 minutes. Entry is free, with the first place float to win $100, second place $75 and $50 for third. The parade has no registration. The Sullivan North High School Marching Band and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps are scheduled to participate in the parade.

Smallwood said the club wants to honor Lawson because of his years of recycling help to the Sullivan County community, just northeast of Kingsport, and the Bloomingdale Ruritan Club. Lawson oversees solid waste and recycling, with help from recycling coordinator Marvin “Buck” Johnson. Lawson has worked for the county for more than 41 years, since June of 1974.

“He’s been a super help to the Rurian Club in helping keep the recycling program going,” Smallwood said. The club daily maintains a newspaper, magazine and office paper recycling drop off next to Bloomingdale Drug, while the county collects aluminum and cardboard nearby.