The Times West Virginian

November 27, 2013

Fairview parade to be held in honor of Dolly Rush

Longtime committee member was involved with Christmas event before passing away

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Fairview’s annual Christmas parade has been moved to Saturday.

Patty Pyles, parade organizer, said the parade was supposed to be next week but because of conflicting events in other parts of Marion County, the date was changed to Saturday, Nov. 30.

“We’ve had really nice parades in the past, and we want a lot of people to come out this year,” she said.

The parade will take place on Main Street in Fairview, with lineup at 4:30 p.m. and the parade at 5 p.m.

Pyles, who has been in charge of the parade for 17 years, said instead of having a parade marshal this year, the parade will be held in memory of longtime Christmas committee member Dolly Rush.

“This will be the first Christmas parade since she passed away,” Pyles said.

Rush was a committee member for seven years before she passed away. Pyles said Rush was a huge part of the Christmas celebration in Fairview.

“She put together the Little Miss Snowball, Little Jack Frost, Junior Princess and Queen competitions,” Pyles said. “She just took it over with her daughters Amber Moore and Angie Marietta.”

Pyles said the Fairview Christmas parade is a tradition for the town, but there’s something different this year. Every year, the parade marshal lights the town’s Christmas tree, but this year because there is no parade marshal, Pyles’ daughter, who announces the parade, will stop and talk about Rush.

“Dolly is taking the place of a parade marshal,” Pyles said. “They’re fixing a float up in memory of her.”

Pyles said this year’s parade may be one of the biggest. She said residents throughout Marion County are invited to view the parade.

“This will be the first year that every business in Fairview will be in the parade,” Pyles said. “I’ve never had that happen before.”

The Fairview Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be having a pizza sale and the Fairview Senior Center will be having a soup and sandwich donation sale at the parade.

The Little Miss Snowball, Little Jack Frost, Junior Princess and Queen competition winners will be chosen by picking a specific color rose after the parade. Registration is $25.

To register for the parade, call Patty Pyles at 304-449-1088.

To register for the competitions, call Amber Moore at 304-612-5027.

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