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45th Annual Edgefield Christmas Parade

web posted December 3, 2018

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EDGEFIELD - Could it have been the cheerfulness of the townsfolk, or the dazzling beauty of this year's Grand Marshall, Ms. Jackie Simpkins, that kept the rain at bay for the duration of the 45th Annual Edgefield Christmas Parade on Sunday?  Either way, the people gathered along the parade route were treated to a spectacular display of holiday cheer as 90 entries rolled past in celebration of the Christmas season.

Things got underway with the Navy JROTC unit presenting the colors, while Rebel Regiment member, Braeden Sides played the Star Spangled Banner.  The parade featured two MC's, Mr. Calvin Henderson, and Sherri Harmon, who helped set the gleeful mood, speaking to the entrants as they passed the viewing stand.

There were many businesses represented in this year's edition, and emergency vehicles from many of the local police and fire departments were on hand.  There were horses, motorcycles, tractors and classic cars!  The featured band was the Strom Thurmond High School Rebel Regiment.  In addition to several STHS participants, the local middle and elementary schools made the show spreading holiday cheer.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way through the throngs of children this year in a sleigh specially constructed for him by the Town of Edgefield.  Santa even stayed for a while near the beautiful town Christmas tree for photographs and for those wishing to tell him about their last minute gift choices.

Three judges capably scored their choices for the five awards being presented at this year's event.  Cissy Fenner, Beth Worth, and "Dub" from the KICKS 99 Morning Crew had their hands full deciding who, among the clever and crafty entries would take home the awards.

The "Best Group Entry" went to the Strom Thurmond High School DECA Club.  The "Best Single Entry" was awarded to the Edgefield/Aiken 4H Club.  The "People's Choice Award" was earned by Grown Folks Landscaping.  The two other categories ended in a tie.

"Best Car Entry" was awarded to Cadillac Man, who drove a flat black, 1964 Cadillac, and Hood Racing, which featured two of their awesome drag cars.

The "Best Original Entry" was also tied with a dazzling entry by the Edgefield County Hospital, and an equally impressive display by the Boat Barn Marine.

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Mr. Henderson who worked tirelessly to help orchestrate the parade, thanked everyone that helped put the event together, and thanked the crowd for coming out.  He and fellow MC, Sherri Harmon, presented Ms.Jackie Simpkins with a bouquet and an inscribed plaque commemorating her service as Grand Marshall.         

 






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