2012-11-08 / Front Page

Deadline nearing for entries, sponsors for Dec. 8 Christmas Parade of Lights

With the November 17 entry deadline for the Christmas Parade of Lights just over a week away, entries and sponsors are beginning to come in.

Gold sponsors include Sim Dill Jr. Construction LLC, Davenport- McLendon Mortuary Inc., New Saints Baptist Church, Harper’s Painting and Construction, and Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

Silver sponsors include Terry Thornton, IGA; and bronze sponsors include Anthony Forest Products and Scott Lewis, State Farm. Pizza Hut is a patron-level sponsor.

There will be three judges: Rev. Reginald Hunter of Colbert; Suzanne Norman of Washington; and former Mayor Bob Young of Augusta. Parade entries will be judged on four criteria: best use of Christmas theme, quality of workmanship, following line-up guidelines, and use of music on the float.

Floats will line up and be judged at the old Concord building, while small groups will meet at the Pope Center. “Floats must be at the old Concord location in time to line up at 4 p.m.,” said organizer Pete Gartrell. “They may get there as early as they want, just no later than 4.”

Candy will not be thrown from floats, or other parade entries. “There must be someone walking alongside each entry to toss candy into the crowd so that no candy will land in the street risking danger.” Participants are responsible for obtaining their own candy, Gartrell said.

The entry fee is $10, and there will be prizes for first, second, and third places. The parade committee is seeking more participants and sponsors, and entries will fall into several categories such non-profit, industry, business professional, and schools and youth groups.

Applications are available at the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Welcome Center on The Square, or from committee members including cochairmen Blake Thompson and Pete Gartrell, and members Carol Cartledge, Tawana Binns, Robin Booker, Frank Gaye, Lisa Hampton, Carolyn Harper, Irene Wilkinson, and Joyce Williams. Call 706-678-1454 for details.

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