In Nov. 27 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
This year's Russell Springs Christmas Parade will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday on Main St. and parade coordinator Kenvie Reese is inviting every Russell Countian to enjoy the family festivities.
The theme for this year's parade is "Christmas...A Time To Remember" and will feature a large number of entrants, according to Reese, who is a member of the Russell Springs Downtown Revitalization Committee.
One of those entrants, Elvis York, hasn't participated in the parade in several years but is bringing his "Spirit of Christmas" float out of semi-retirement after three years.
"Due to the interest of so many people in Russell County along with the anti-Christian and anti-Christmas sentiments that are taking place across our country now we have decided to bring the float back as a complete unit and present it in both the Russell Springs and Columbia Christmas parades this holiday season," York said. "Yes, this will include the big Christmas tractor pulling the float."
York said he and his wife, Judy, are in the process of upgrading the miniature lights to new energy-efficient LED lights. "It won't be finished this year, however you will see a difference," York said.
This is the first year the Downtown Revitalization Committee has been in charge of running the parade but Reese said everything should go the same as previous years' and that bystanders should expect the same parade as in the past.
"We have had a good response and it seems like a lot of people are interested in being in the parade," Reese said.
He said to expect floats, horses, clubs, pageant winners and classic cars to go along with Santa Claus.
Elvis York, a participant in this year's parade, said he remembered back to Russell Springs Christmas parades of his teenage years when he would have no more than 50 cents in his pocket.
"I would watch the nice cars cruising up and down Main St.," he said. "There was one car that stood out above all the rest to me and the was the 1958 Oldsmobile."
York said he was attracted to the vehicle because it had more chrome than any of the other cars.
"I now have acquired a 1958 Oldsmobile and it will be escorting our float and doing what it can to help many remember Christmastimes of the past."
But with Reese leading the way, the Downtown Revitalization Committee is looking to the future and this year's Christmas parade is a step in the right direction.
"We want to bring more people downtown and we're coming up with new ideas to get people here," Reese said. One suggestion is a downtown festival that could begin in 2009.
For now, though, the crisp is in the air and it is time to bring the family to Main St. in Russell Springs. Reese guarantees there will be something for everyone.