In Dec. 4 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
The Christmas season was ushered in last Saturday evening as the 32nd annual Russell Springs Christmas Parade was held in downtown Russell Springs with hundreds of onlookers clogging the Main St. sidewalks to catch a glimpse of this year’s excitement.
The theme for this year’s parade was “Christmas, A Time To Remember” and featured a large number of entrants, according to parade organizer Kenvie Reese, who is a member of the Russell Springs Downtown Revitalization Committee. The committee was responsible for planning this year’s parade.
“I think it went off really well,” Reese said. “We had a good crowd and the weather worked in our favor.”
Earlier Saturday, rain showers had parade organizers scrambling about what to do in the event of inclement weather but the rains passed and the parade went down as usual.
This being Reese’s first time heading the parade he said there were a lot of unknowns and several variables he didn’t calculate but chalked it up as experience for the next parade.
“It was trial and error,” he said. “But it all went well.” He said, as long as he was available, he could see himself in charge of next year’s Christmas parade as well, citing experience as a factor.
Longtime parade organizer Dorothy Porter was the parade’s grand marshal and said while she was felt it was necessary to let others handle the parade that she would make it out to each one and show her support to the parades each year.
Numerous floats, horses, clubs, pageant winners, classic cars and tractors participated in the parade as well as the featured guest, Santa Claus.
Russell County Circuit Clerk Tony Kerr once again emceed the event while he was joined on stage by Parade Grand Marshal Dorothy Porter, Russell Springs Mayor Hollis DeHart and his wife, Jane, Jamestown Mayor Brooks Bates and Russell County Judge-Executive Mickey Garner.
Parade organizers awarded groups in the church, club, business and miscellaneous categories, according to Reese.
Temple Hill came away with first in the church category while Another Level Car Club attained first in the club category. Sycamore Flats Tractor Club came in second in the club category.
In the business category, Elvis York Construction came away with first while RECC was just behind in second place. Little People Playhouse Daycare won third place in the business category.
In the miscellaneous category, the Gun Powder and Lace Drill Team won first prize while Phillip Brown got second. Jacob Taylor got third prize in that category.
Kenvie Reese and the Russell Springs Downtown Revitalization Committee wishes to thank Ace Hardware, Duo County Telephone, IBC, Fiesta Mexico, Brumley’s Towing, Rick’s Tree Service, Russell County Feed Mill, Richards Lawn and Garden, Montgomery Furniture, Judy’s Hair Port, First Financial Credit, American Cable, NAPA, Karen’s Kountry Kurl, Morgan’s Sanitation, Jamestown Value Rite, Red Sun Homes, Town & Country Realty, Franklin Motors, The Cove, Hoover and Shearer Law Office, MKS & Associates Land Surveying, the Bank of Jamestown, Monticello Banking Company, Unlimited Marine, Royville Church, Ralph Roy Realty, Lawless & Smith True Value, Guthrie’s on the Square, DeHart Law Office,
David Stephens, Golden Rule-Wilson Realty, Bernard Florist, Bennett’s Carpet, Lake Cumberland Feed Mill, Grider Drug, Jack & Jack Ins, Jamestown Laundry Mat, David Smith Law Office, McGaha Tire, Tojo’s Pawn Shop, Bernard Funeral Home, Wilma Roy, Grider Insurance, Jamestown Health Care, Stephens Pipe & Steel, First National Bank, Thomas Sports Apparel, Russell County Jaycees, P & J Trophies the Russell Register and the Times Journal for their contribution’s to make this year’s parade a success.
Special thanks goes to the Russell County Middle School, Village Florist, Country Folks Realty, Tony Kerr and Denver Wilson.