Volume 54, Number 8

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, February 23, 2017

Turn in names for Angel Tree before Dec. 10th

Submitted by: Byrdstown Mayor Chris Thompson
Well, it is time to start thinking about this yearís Christmas Parade and Celebration. This year's Christmas theme will be "UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE". Our hope is that this years' theme will be easy to build upon. Everyone did such a great job last year and I was so impressed with all of the work everyone put into their entries.
A new addition to this year's Christmas Parade will be a Christmas Marketplace which will be located at the Pickett County Library and is being organized by Delilah Gibson.
The Christmas Marketplace will be incorporated with this yearís Christmas Parade activities to help with its success. The Christmas Marketplace will be made up of several vendors who will set up and sell their items at booths to be set up inside the library from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Several local vendors have already signed up and there is no charge for the booth spaces. To find out more about the Christmas Marketplace you can call Delilah Gibson at 864-3207.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided in the kitchen inside the Pickett County Library Community Room. The awards ceremony will be held soon after the parade in the library at 2:30 p.m. in the area where they have the children's programs. With the awards ceremony being a little earlier it will allow everyone time to get everything packed up etc. and make it to the ceremony without having to go home and then come back. It will also give time for them to browse the vendor items in the Christmas Marketplace.
Also new to this year's parade will be Grams Mini Donuts. They have set up at both our Independence Day Celebration and the Sierra Hull Bluegrass Festival. One thing that Grams Mini Donuts always does is for every full box of donuts they sell, they will donate $4.00 to a good cause in the county/town they are set up at. A box contains 36 mini donuts topped anyway you want for $10. You can also buy the donuts in smaller amounts. They will be set up in front of the library during the parade and Christmas Market Place. All proceeds generated from the "box" donut sales will be used for Christmas gifts and a Christmas party that is organized by Shannon Boles, Overton County's Youth Services Officer, each year for foster children and their parents from three counties (Pickett, Fentress, & Overton). Brandon Suiter, Pickett County's Youth Services Officer will also be working with Shannon this year to raise funds for the event.
I love the Christmas season and am looking forward to seeing everyone's Christmas Parade entries! Parade registration forms can be picked up at Town Hall, Mon-Fri, 7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Be sure and get your forms in early so you will be eligible for prize money.
This yearís parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7th, so come be a part of the season celebrating the birth of Christ!


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