By JOEL McNEECE
Lala Yancy, of Bruce, and Faye Spratlin, of Calhoun City, will lead their respective Christmas parades the first weekend of December.
The 47th Annual Bruce Lions Club Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at 4:30 p.m. from Bruce High School. This year's theme is “Christmas Angels.” All floats will receive money for expenses and prizes will be awarded.
Yancy, 103-years-old, will serve as grand marshal. The parade will begin in front of Bruce High School and proceed on its usual route to the square, exiting on South Newberger.
Members of the Fine Arts Club of Bruce will be pushing shopping carts along with their float. They are asking that parade spectators bring non-perishable foods (canned items) that can be dropped in the baskets during the parade. The items collected will be donated to the local food pantry.
For more information or to register for the Bruce parade call Jerry Janci at 662-412-2029.
Other festivities on parade day will include the GRACE Club's annual "Pancakes With Santa."
The flapjacks will be on the griddle beginning at 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Bruce First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $10 per child, which includes one photo, adult and child’s plate, or $18 which includes one photo and up to four plates.
In addition to having photos made with Santa, Mrs. Claus will lead a story time with the children.
Tickets are available at Stepp Saver, Jody’s Dance Studio or by calling Anna at 414-0291.
The Bruce Rotary Christmas Auction will begin on the Bruce Square at 1:30 p.m. Items from children's toys, office chairs, tools, Weyerhaeuser lumber, a pallet of sod, lift chair from Med-Lift and much more will be put up for bid by auctioneer Charles Chrestman.
The Rotary Club will also be offering soup and cornbread on the square beginning at noon. Bruce Rotary President Eddie Quillen said come early to enjoy the hot soup and look over the many available items prior to the auction.
The Christmas Tour of Homes will be Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1:30-4 p.m. in Bruce. The tour starts at Jeffery’s on the square with refreshments and maps to the homes on tour. Homes will be Roncie and SaDeana Hardin, Ed and Sara Quillen and Myra Sullivan. Tickets are $8.
Faye Spratlin, who is retiring as City Clerk of Calhoun City at the end of the year, will serve as grand marshal of the Calhoun City parade Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
The parade route has changed this year to the more traditional route of the past. Line-up will begin near the baseball field and the parade will enter the square from the west. It will exit the square to the east, turning left at the red light and proceeding toward the Career and Technical Center (old Kellwood building) where it will turn back toward Main Street and then re-enter the square from the north and return toward the baseball field.
In addition to the parade, the Calhoun City Chamber of Commerce will give away $3,000 in cash and gifts at the gazebo as part of their annual "Spirit of Giving" Christmas promotion. Visit any participating business in town to register to win. The drawing will take place immediately following the Christmas parade.
The final Calhoun County Christmas parade will take place in Big Creek on Saturday, Dec. 19.
This year will mark the 9th Annual Redneck Christmas Parade in downtown Big Creek beginning at 6 p.m.
Line-up will being at 5 p.m. Big Creek Mayor Dwight DeVall said, "If you can ride it, drag it, pull it, or push it, put a bow on it and come join in the fun."
A $100 prize will be awarded to the number one "redneck" in the parade. A fireworks show will immediately follow the parade along with refreshments and singing at Big Creek Community Center. Call 662-628-6882 after 5 p.m. for more info. Big Creek is six miles west of Calhoun City on old highway 8 (CR 308).