2017-12-20 / Front Page

Christmas Parade Was Great

Santa’s pick in the parade was the Yates Concrete entry. Santa’s pick in the parade was the Yates Concrete entry. Colquitt had the opportunity to celebrate Christmas a little early this year! On Friday, December 15th, 2017, the Colquitt Miller County Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Christmas parade with a showing of Shrek the Halls in Cotton Hall afterwards. The parade was led by Colquitt’s Police Patrol Commander Dan Stone. Following was 25 decorated entries to get onlookers into the Christmas Spirit! Local businesses and organizations were able to show some personality with their entries. Mosely Roofing sported a Christmas light clad vintage fire truck; First Franklin Financial was next with their bow, snow, and light covered pink truck; QT Dog and Gun covered a quail hunting buggy with Christmas lights and enjoyed the ride; Colquitt Miller Arts Council showed off their mural tour tram; Miller County Farm Bureau was escorted by one of Santa’s own elves; Yates Concrete was literally covered in Christmas lights and cheer; and Flint River Mills, Incorporated’s giant bull made an appearance with his lights and holiday wreath around his neck! Local “deputy” Preston Clenney who escorted Sheriff Scott Worsley in his 1959 Edsel police car, Colquitt’s Police Chief Hollis Smith also made an appearance along with Miller County EMS. You can’t have a parade and not have a marching band! The Miller County Pirate Pride Marching Band followed playing Christmas music and showcasing their growing talent! Representative Sanford Bishop was represented by Tameka Wimbush, The Studio had a group of their cheer, tumble, and dance teams, and Jack Cowart’s Karate contributed by having some of his karate students involved. Various beauty queens were represented in the parade including Miss Colquitt Ivey Pope, Little Miss Colquitt Maeleigh Wells, Tiny Miss Colquitt Maggie Wells, Baby Miss Colquitt Laney Grace Kelley, Jr. Miss Tri-State BBQ Jaycee Cox, and Little Miss Georgia BBQ Mercy Williams. The Miller County Sons of the Confederacy and Cook’s Union Methodist Church also participated with decorated entries. Miller County Schools continued their representation with the Pirate Yearbook Staff, FFA Club, and high achieving students from the middle school driven by Colquitt Police Office Ray Day. Santa Clause was on the final entry as he was escorted by the Miller County Volunteer Fire Department on one of their trucks!

Swamp Gravy’s trolley decorated for Christmas. Swamp Gravy’s trolley decorated for Christmas. 
It takes a special kind of person to help St. Nick through Christmas. This is one of the very best Santa Clauses. It takes a special kind of person to help St. Nick through Christmas. This is one of the very best Santa Clauses. This year we added an element of competition to the entries. The winners this year were: Santa’s Pick, Yates Concrete and Crowd Pleaser award was FRM! Congratulations to each of you!

The crowd pleaser winner was FRM. The crowd pleaser winner was FRM. Chamber director KaCee Holt said, “This is a great event for businesses, organizations, families and the community to come together and celebrate this time of year! I would like to challenge others to go ahead and begin thinking about next year. I would love to grow our parade by encouraging more participation from our locals!” She continued, “It really couldn’t happen without our local businesses and groups participated. I want to thank each and every one of them for their effort and helping to make this a successful parade!”

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