Times West Virginian
Community members are invited to come enjoy Farmington’s holiday celebration, called “Christmas in the Heart of Marion County.”
The Farmington Christmas parade is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. The town sent out letters inviting different organizations, businesses and other groups in the community to participate in the event, said Farmington Mayor Donna Costello.
The parade entries will line up at 6 p.m. at Alasky’s, she said. The parade will then travel south along Route 250, turn onto the bridge, come into the downtown area, go up Main Street, and circle back around to the fire hall.
Following the parade, everyone will congregate in the fire hall, where Renee Shock McClure from ShockShots Photography will take pictures of the children with Santa. Attendees can also enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and bags of popcorn will be handed out, Costello said.
She said dash plaques will be presented to parade entries in various creative categories. The awards include the Spectacular Sparkle Award, for the best use of Christmas lights; the Elfin Magic Award, for an outstanding entry involving children; the Spirit Award; the Mayor’s Choice Award; the Parade Committee Award; and an award for the Best Decorated Fire Truck.
The town added the awards during last year’s event in an effort to try something new and as an incentive for people to participate in the parade, Costello said.
Some of the 2012 winners included the Baxter Fire Department and the Central Supply cement truck, which were both decorated with lights and were big hits with the crowd, she said. The Mayor’s Choice Award last year went to Sam’s Place for its message of not drinking and driving during the holidays.
Costello said Farmington’s Christmas parade has been going on for at least the last 10 years. People look forward to coming to this holiday celebration every year.
“It’s a nice little hometown Christmas parade,” she said.
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