Lockhart celebrates Christmas


Parade called town’s best ever

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Santa throws candy to spectators at the Lockhart Christmas Parade on Sunday.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Miss Lockhart 2015-2016 Mariah Boler rides in Sunday’s Christmas parade.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Lockhart Church of God float “Little Country Church” included live vocal performances.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Lockhart Fire Department was also represented in Sunday’s parade.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Lockhart Middle School volleyball team was cheered by spectators while riding in the parade.


LOCKHART — The local fire department, a local church, and a hairdressing salon in Spartanburg had the winning floats in Sunday’s Lockhart Christmas Parade.

The parade began at 3 p.m. with line-up scheduled to be completed by 2 p.m. so that the floats entered in the parade could be judged. After the parade, the town celebrated the Festival of Lights at Lockhart First Baptist Church where the winners of the parade float contest were announced and presented with their plaques for Best Theme, Most Original, and Most Attractive.

Lockhart Parade Committee Member Connie Porter said Tuesday that the winners of the contest were the floats entered by the Lockhart Fire Department which won Best Theme, Lockhart Church of God which won Most Original, and Today’s Hair, a hairdressing salon in Spartanburg, which won Most Attractive.

Porter said that the parade itself drew a postive response from those who lined the streets of Lockhart to watch it Sunday afternoon.

“It was beautiful,” Porter said. “Everyone said it was the best we ever had.”

Porter said the parade was “long, we had ten floats and all were decorated. There was the Mustang Club, classic cars, and the beauty queens. We had officials from Carlisle, Jonesville, and Union.”

Christmas Parades usually have a Parade Marshall, and Lockhart’s was no different from any other parade in that respect. What was different, however, was that Lockhart’s Parade Marshall wasn’t a single person but a group of celebrated young athletes.

“Our Parade Marshall were the Lockhart Middle School Girls Volleyball Team,” Porter said. “They were undefeated all year and went to the championship. That’s why we recognized them by making them our Parade Marshall.”

Carlisle Christmas Parade

Union County has five Christmas parades each year and Lockhart’s was the third Christmas Parade for this year.

On Saturday, the fourth of the county’s five Christmas parades for year will be held when the Carlisle Christmas Parade begins making its way through the streets of the Town of Carlisle at 2 p.m.

Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn announced Tuesday that Diane Spencer, a teacher in the Union County School District Early Learning Program, will be Grand Marshall for the Carlisle Christmas Parade.

In a letter inviting her to serve as Grand Marshall, Ferguson-Glenn stated that the focus of this year’s parade is on education, describing Spencer as “an outstanding teacher in the Early Learning Program as well as the additional services you have given to not only the Carlisle community but throughout Union County in many capacities. Your interaction with the children demonstrates the love and the dedication you have as a teacher and it has not gone unnoticed.”

As result of this, Ferguson-Glenn said the Town of Carlisle was saluting Spencer and inviting her to serve as the Grand Marshall of the Carlisle Christmas Parade.

Union Christmas Parade

The final Christmas Parade in Union County for 2015 will be the Union Christmas Parade on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Any church, club, civic group, business or other organization that wants to be in the parade is being urged by the Union County Chamber of Commerce to register to do so.

Those who want to participate in the parade are asked to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039 or chamber@unionsc.info to register their entry. All entries must be submitted no later than the end of today, Wednesday, Dec. 9.

It is important that the chamber receive your completed registration form today. There is no fee to participate in the parade, but entries must be registered in advance, and those registering must follow the instructions on the form.

You can send your forms by fax (864-427-9030), by mail, email, or drop them by the Union County Chamber of Commerce Office at 135 W. Main St., Union.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Santa throws candy to spectators at the Lockhart Christmas Parade on Sunday.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_LockParade-Santa.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Santa throws candy to spectators at the Lockhart Christmas Parade on Sunday.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Miss Lockhart 2015-2016 Mariah Boler rides in Sunday’s Christmas parade.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_LockParde-Mariah.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Miss Lockhart 2015-2016 Mariah Boler rides in Sunday’s Christmas parade.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Lockhart Church of God float “Little Country Church” included live vocal performances.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_LockParade-church.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Lockhart Church of God float “Little Country Church” included live vocal performances.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Lockhart Fire Department was also represented in Sunday’s parade.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_LockParade-FD.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Lockhart Fire Department was also represented in Sunday’s parade.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Lockhart Middle School volleyball team was cheered by spectators while riding in the parade.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_LockParade-volleyball.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Lockhart Middle School volleyball team was cheered by spectators while riding in the parade.
Parade called town’s best ever

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

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