Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses, and Mother Nature for providing great weather, the Historic Hillsville’s Christmas Parade on Saturday was deemed one of the town’s best ever.
A huge crowd showed up for Saturday’s festivities, which started at 5 p.m. and culminated with the 7 p.m. parade that lasted nearly an hour. In total, nearly 1,000 Christmas stockings were given away – 300 by the Town of Hillsville, 300 by the Friends of Hillsville, and about 300 more by various town businesses.
While stockings were being handed out, Santa Claus was on hand between 5 and 6 p.m. at the Carter House to hear Christmas wishes from the area’s youngsters. After the official Christmas Tree Lighting at around 6 p.m., Christmas Carols were sung by members of the Hillsville Church of God.
“This was the biggest crowd by far we’ve ever had,” Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder said of the parade. “The Friends of Hillsville gave away 300 stockings by 5:30 p.m. and so did the town.”
The stockings given away Saturday by the Friends of Hillsville certainly helped make Christmas a little merrier for many area youth and families. Each bag was worth $33.79 for a total of $10,135. Among the items given away in the stockings were coupons for free fries from McDonald’s, free kids meals from Carolyn’s Restaurant, The Mason Jar, Porky’s Restaurant and Tony’s Pizza, a free ice cream cone from Burger King, a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, a free cookie and French fries from Hardee’s, Guynn Hardware gave money, Pole Night Distributing, Inc. gave away toy cars, Super Dollar gave suckers, Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church gave candy bars, and Omega Office Supply and Hardware Bar & Grill both gave candy.
“The Friends of Hillsville would like to thank all of those who contributed,” Mayor Crowder said.
Outgoing Carroll County Supervisor and long-time public servant Sam Dickson served as the Grand Marshal of Saturday’s parade. Parade floats were judged in several categories. Taking first place for Most Original was Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church, while second place went to Foothills Chiropractic and third went to Hillsville Baptist Church.
Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church also took first place for Most Religious, while second went to Midway Heights Community Church and Westside Baptist Church took third. Winning the Best Theme category was the Polar Express float by Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church. Second place theme went to Diana Puckett and third place was claimed by Pet Partners. Best All Around float went to Foothills Chiropractic for its Peanuts cartoon-themed float.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN