The Humphreys County Chamber of Commerce announces changes for 2014 Christmas parade
The Humphreys County Chamber of Commerce, which has sponsored, organized and presented the county's annual Christmas Parade for many years, recently announced some changes for the 2014 parade. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Daryl Mosley said, “When I was a kid growing up in Humphreys County, I remember the excitement that the annual Christmas parade generated. We want to try and capture that excitement again.”
Two of the more significant changes for 2014 concern doing away with entry fees and prize money. “We'd love to see more of the clubs, churches, businesses, teams, and others in the community commit to being a part of the parade,” says Mosley. “We hope that, by doing away with an entry fee, will are sending that message. In addition, we will no longer be offering prize money for the best entries. We want to see the community working with one another, not competing against one another. The parade should be seen as a gift we collectively give to our community,” he continues. “Although we may still offer a trophy for the best float, entrants won't be competing for monetary prizes. We hope this will encourage groups to be a part of the parade who have not in the past.”
In addition, the Chamber of Commerce will be adding some exciting new elements to the 2014 Christmas Parade. Mosley explains, “We have some very special 'guests' that children of all ages will enjoy who will be a part of the Christmas parade. "This year, we have a number of well known cartoon characters who will be appearing in the parade. Kids, big and small, will enjoy seeing these familiar characters in the parade."
The Chamber of Commerce is also organizing an event after the parade. Mosley continues,“At the end of the parade, we encourage the community to gather at the Sav-A-Lot/Fred's parking lot for a community Christmas party. Children will be able to meet and take photos with the cartoon characters, seasonal refreshments will be available, holiday music, and much more,” Mosley said. “Jo Jo's Clogging Company will present a Christmas program, and Santa Claus will be there as well. It's going to be a fun, fun day for the county.”
Executive Director Mosley says time is running our to sign up an entry for the parade. “We have sign-up sheets available at the Chamber as well as on our website. The deadline to sign-up to be in the parade is Wednesday, November 26th. We also are extending an invitation for civic groups, churches and others who'd like to set up a vendor booth at the Sav-A-Lot parking lot for the post-parade party, or along the parade route.”
Mosley says he's received several calls asking if parade participants will be allowed to throw candy. He say, “Yes, parade participants will be allowed to throw out candy as part of this year's Christmas parade. Of course, safety concerns must be addressed. We ask that adults properly supervise the children and don't let them run out into the street and into harms way. The tradition of throwing treats to parade spectators is over 200 years old. If adult supervision and common sense are in practice, I don't anticipate any issues.”
The annual Humphreys County Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th, 1:00 pm. As always, the route will travel down Main Street from the Waverly Elementary School and ends at Sav-A-Lot/Fred's parking lot where the community Christmas Party will immediately follow the parade.
If you want to participate in the Parade, please print off the Parade Entry Form and Parade Rules below, fill out and sign, and either bring them by the Chamber office, or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARADE ENTRY FORM
If you would be interested in being a vendor along the parade route or for the post-parade Christmas Party, please print and fill out and sign the vendor form, then either bring it by the Chamber office or email it to us at email@example.com
PARADE VENDOR FORM