Grinches are going to have a tough time this year because Hillsville’s Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade plans a little “whobilation” for one and all. Fittingly, the theme of the event this year is “Christmas Through A Child’s Eyes.”
“It’s more of a fun time and celebration of the holiday season,” said Friends of Hillsville member Jennifer Sowers.
The Town of Hillsville, Carroll County are also sponsors for the event, which is set for December 3. The tree lighting ceremony is set for 6 p.m. with the parade beginning at 7 p.m.
Parade line-up begins at 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Government Complex with judging beginning at 6:15 p.m. She praised local businesses for their support which makes stocking stuffers for participants possible. Sowers said Chick-fil-A in Mount Airy, N.C. also joined in to support the local event. Sowers said the first 300 children to visit Town Hall on December 3 for the parade will receive free Christmas stockings. The Parade route will continue down North Main Street and end at the VFW Post Hall.
“Everybody (volunteer organizers) seems very excited to be getting things ready,” Sowers said. “I think we all have special memories of the season.”
She said final details on the annual celebration are being hammered out. Featured performers for the parade and tree lighting include the Carroll County Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus. Mava Vass will serve as the Parade Grand Marshal. Speakers for the lighting ceremony will include Mayor Gregory Crowder. Sowers said organizers are seeking speakers to represent the County.
Sowers said Santa will be giving out coloring books from 4-6 p.m. on the front porch of the Hale-Wilkson-Carter Home. Basic S’more construction for participants will once again return, complete with a fire pit area and hot chocolate while the location for the two activities hasn’t been decided yet.
Judging for the parade will award cash prizes to first place winners in three categories, most religious, best overall and best themed. Sowers said participation by churches, scouts, school groups, civic organizations, Kazim Hillbillies, fire, police and rescue squads has remained constant though.
“I was so pleased with the turnout last year,” said Sowers. “It was really well attended. We don’t require them to sign up in advance. They just show up at 6 p.m.”
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.