JONESVILLE — The weather that threatened to rain on Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade held off and allowed the town to go forward with an afternoon full of holiday fun.
The town’s annual Christmas celebration began at noon with three hours of musical performances as vendors lined the streets selling food and other items of interest to the public. The parade itself got under way at 3 p.m. with what Christmas Parade Committee member Tracy Smith said were 62 units including 12 fire trucks. The afternoon ended with the lighting of the town Christmas tree next to the Jonesville Municipal Complex.
“We were really pleased with it,” Smith said of the parade and the afternoon’s other events. “We had a great turnout. We were afraid it was going to rain us out, but we got lucky.”
Prizes were given for the best floats and Smith said the first place winner was the Pacolet Fireworks float; second place was the WT’s/CU Pharmaceutical Research float; and third place was the Fosters Chapel Church float. She said the prize for first place was $200, for second place $100, and for third place $50.
The event also featured a “Half and Half” raffle with the proceeds divided between the holder of the winning ticket and a local charity. Smith said the raffle raised $342 with the holder of the winning ticket getting $171 and the remaining $171 going to the Union Pregnancy Center.
Smith issued an invitation to next year’s Christmas parade.
“We encourage any and all to participate next year,” Smith said.
Union Christmas Parade
While the weather cooperated with the Jonesville Christmas Parade it did not with Sunday’s Union Christmas Parade which had to be postponed because of the rain.
Renee Alexander, assistant to the director of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, said that the parade has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
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