By Kitsey Burns Harrison
The holiday season will soon be in full swing and there are a number of parades and events that will take place in the area to celebrate this special time of year.
An ongoing tradition now for a number of years, East Bend residents will gather at the East Bend Fire Department and East Bend School on Nov. 28 for the annual Small Town Christmas tree lighting and community supper. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Residents are invited to enjoy a supper of chicken stew, pinto beans, and dessert. There is no charge for the event, but there is a suggested donation of three or more canned goods to be donated to Yadkin Christian Ministries. Monetary donations also are welcome. Guests are asked to bring their own bowl and spoon. Santa will be on hand to take photos with the children, and there will be caroling around the tree.
The Yadkinville Christmas Parade, a tradition spanning more than 30 years, will take place at 10 a.m. on Dec. 5. The parade is sponsored and organized by the Yadkinville Fire Department. Those wishing to have a float or other vehicle in the parade should complete an application. The application can be found under the fire department tab on www.yadkinville.org. Applications will be accepted up until Dec. 4. This year’s grand marshal is Lee Groce.
The Boonville Christmas Parade and tree lighting is scheduled for Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. The event will kick off with carolers and pictures with Santa at the corner of Hwys. 67 and 601 in downtown Boonville. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. This is the fourth annual Boonville Christmas Parade. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Boonville Business Development Association. Those wishing to participate in the parade will line up at Boonville Elementary School beginning at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend the event and participate in the parade. Organizers said it will be a great community celebration and kick off to the holiday season. This year’s celebration also will include a one-mile Reindeer Dash run at 4:30 p.m. at Boonville Elementary School. There is no cash entry fee, runners are asked to bring a new unwrapped gift to be donated to Toys for Tots. There will be a contest for the runners for the best Christmas costume.
The annual Elkin-Jonesville Christmas Parade will take place on Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. The parade begins in Jonesville and will continue across the bridge into Elkin. Those wishing to participate are asked to contact organizer Vicki Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The holiday season is often a time for celebrating with friends and family and these wonderful area events are sure to be a delightful way to celebrate community and the giving spirit of the season.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.