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December 4, 2012

42nd Annual Christmas Parade is Friday night

12-5-12 —     Friday night local residents will have a chance to celebrate the  Christmas season and to honor hometown heroes, as they participate in  the 42nd Annual Monticello-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Christmas  Parade.

    Members of the Kentucky National Guard C Battery 623rd Field  Artillery, which will be deployed early next year, will serve as  Grand Marshals for the holiday procession. They will lead the way  with members of the unit traveling in trucks at the front of the parade.

    This year's parade theme is "Christmas in the USA."

    "We wanted to show our appreciation to the dedicated men and women  in the service," said Monticello-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce  president Charlie Peters, as he talked about this year's parade.

    The last few weeks, Peters and other members of the Chamber have  been busy getting ready for the parade, which is set for Friday,  December 7 at 6 p.m. As of Monday afternoon, about 90 entries had  been submitted for the parade, including 14 floats. Peters expects  that number to continue to grow this week, as the event gets closer.

    Peters said the hope is that the parade continues to grow as it has  in past years. Last year there were more than 100 entries and over  

1,000 participants.

    The local parade is unique in that it is a night parade, but that is  also what makes it special, as those who attend enjoy all the festive  lights. The Christmas Parade is primarily sponsored by Kentucky Farm  

Bureau Federation. Other contributing sponsors include Citizens  National Bank and the City of Monticello. Wal-Mart is providing candy  

for the parade.

    Prizes will be awarded in several categories this year. First,  second and third place awards will be given for the Best Civic/Non-Profit Float, the Best Business Float and Best Academic Float  categories.

    There will also be a first place award for the Best Horse and Wagon.

    Peters noted that Hardwood Drive will close to through traffic at  3:30 p.m. Friday and the parade lineup will begin at 4 p.m.  All  parade entries must be in line by 5:30 p.m. Anyone who is being  dropped off to ride a float in the parade should do so at the Dollar  Store parking lot. Shuttles will be available to transport those  participants to the float.

    Peters noted that residents in the Hardwood Drive area should make  an effort to travel an alternate route during this time.

    The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and will travel on Main Street to  downtown Monticello. It will end on Columbia Avenue at the Justice Center.

    The parade will also be broadcast live again this year on local  cable Channel 8. Peters said float winners will be announced right  after the parade ends.

    "Hopefully, we have good weather and a great parade," said Peters.  "We have a good representation from our community."

    Entries are still being accepted and applications are available at  the Chamber office, in the Mayor's office and in the City-Clerk  Treasurer's office. Anyone who needs more information about entering  the parade can contact the Chamber at (606) 348-3064 or Peters at  

(606) 307-7483.


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