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Crowds Brave Cold, Wet Conditions to Make 40th Annual Christmas Parade a Success

web posted December 9, 2013

EDGEFIELD The 40th Edgefield Christmas Parade was held Sunday with a large crowd lining the street in spite of a cold misting rain falling along with plenty of wind to put the wind-chill into the lower 30's. This year's Grand Marshals (left) were the members of the Jaycees and Jaycee-ettes, who brought the parade back to the town in 1973 after it was stopped about 10 years earlier. The late Dan Booth was the man who pushed to have the parade return, Town Clerk Charlotte Cheatham said prior to the parade.

The emcee for the parade this year was Jane Herlong and she introduced the individual entries as they passed the stage on the town square. Her long time side-kick, Calvin Henderson, was not on stage this year.

The parade lasted about 45 minutes for all of the entries to pass in review of the judge's table. Awards were given out on several categories such as most original. Those results were not available for this report.

Although the crowd was much smaller than last year, it was estimated that about two hundred braved the cold weather and miserable conditions to watch and the children enjoyed an overabundance of candy being thrown from the floats and entries. One participant in the parade said she was throwing "handfuls" of candy to each child she saw. "We had way too much candy because of the smaller crowd," she said. "Some kids really racked up on the candy this year", she said with a big grin.

2013 Parade Sponsors were the Johnston Railroad diner, Aiken Electric Coop, Mr. Rooter, McDonalds Of Edgefield, The Chandler Law Firm, Edgefield & Trenton Mini Storage, Herlong Ford/Herlong Chevrolet, Jim Satcher Motors, Pendarvis Chevrolet/Olds, SRP Credit Union, Alltel Mobile, NWTF, NAPA Edgefield, ECDA, and the Town Of Edgefield. Edgefield Daily provided free advertising for the event.


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