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The Wrap Up: Christmas in Columbia 2014 most successful ever

The followup and critiques of great Columbia/Adair Co. tradition. Click on headline for critique with many parade photo(s)


By Linda Waggener

The 24th annual Christmas in Columbia 2014, a program of the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce, has been dubbed the most successful ever. Hundreds of patrons, event managers and volunteers braved frigid temperatures to make it an unforgettable day.

Activities began early at Edgar Troutman Memorial Rotary Breakfast in the Columbia Baptist Church followed by the opening of the Adair Heritage Association Arts & Crafts booths in the Historic Adair County Courthouse. It overflowed into Mackie's Photo Video and into the hallway of the courthouse annex.

Mackie's remained open through the parade and was a hot spot to warm up with hot chocolate and coffee.

As shopping continued downtown through lunch and early afternoon, the Christmas Carnival got underway at Lindsey Wilson's Holloway Health and Wellness Center. Families found Children's crafts, cooking decoration, Christmas Stories, Inflatables and Santa taking center court, arriving on a fire truck.

Between 5 and 6pm, people of all ages began parking along the parade route which commenced at Industrial Drive, motored down Jamestown Street, around the Square to the Reviewing Stand, and out Burkesville Street. The theme was "Christmas Memories", however, what will remain in the memories of this year's parade were the Veterans of WWII. Many parade watchers waved the American Flag showing their pride and devotion to those who served.

The parade was late getting started because special care was taken to help some of our oldest veterans board the Columbia Baptist church bus so that the grand marshal and his peers could lead the parade. Lisa Clark boarded the bus and her voice could be heard to all in the crowd around the square as she greeted them and asked the senior Veterans how they were doing. The resounding response was that they were doing great and "felt they could ride all night". They received a salute and a float followed the grand marshall's bus sporting a sign that read, "Adair County is proud of our Veterans."

This was the largest parade in Christmas in Columbia history. Debbie Selby spoke for the Chamber of Commerce leadership when she wrote a thank-you to all who participated. She said, "Thank you to all who helped in traffic control and those precious souls who weathered the cold to assist in the lineup. I am so proud of our community coming together for things like this. The smiles on the children's faces make it very satisfying." To keep the Christmas stories going, visit: The ColumbiaMagazine.com Christmas Story Anthology, a collection of our all-time favorite stories about Christmas. http://columbiamagazine.com/index.php?sid=71732


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Christmas in Columbia 2014: By Sheila Hare



2014-11-29 - 503 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Sheila Hare.
Sheila Hare created this wonderful Window Art for Sheila's Country Junction, 503 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY for the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce 2014 Christmas in Columbia. program. The composite winter art in the window shows the Cane Valley Christian Church in the foreground, the Adair County Courthouse in the back.

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Christmas in Columbia 2014: Whimsical window



2014-11-29 - Bonnie & Allisons Shear, 406 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo (c) ColumbiaMagazine.com.
A whimsical Christmas figure and a pretty little Christmas tree fills the window at Bonnie and Allison Shears, 406 Public Square, Columbia, KY, ready for Christmas in Collumbia's biggest day, Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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Christmas in Columbia 2014 Float Entry Rule



2014-12-04 - 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Cathy Johnson.
The Parade is shaping up to be the best ever. Already, Debbie Selby said, there are 60 units registered to be in the lineup. That compares to 56 in 2013. The parade will line up at the Morgan-Smith Mfg. plant on Industrial Drive. The floats will be judged there, and be given placards to display along the parade route. The veterans float will be at the Columbia First Church of the Nazarene. As the parade from Industrial Drive approaches, the veterans float will go to the front. The parade will proceed North on Jamestown Street, where many of the best spots for watching from cars will be located. The parade will enter the Square on Jamestown Street circling three quarters of the square, and will go past the traditional review stand in front of the Adair Annex, where awards and prizes will be presented, announced by news personalities from The WAVE 92.7 and WAIN 93.5 and Columbia/Adair County Chamber officials. The procession will exit on Burkesville Street, still in formation to Guardian Street, where it will disband.

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Christmas in Columbia 2014: Christmas Parade



2014-12-06 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
Lisa Fisher-Clark waiting for next interview.

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The Grand Marshals: WWII veterans



2014-12-07 - 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CM .
For so many, this was a moment of a lifetime, the moment of the parade, when the Baptist Church bus stopped in front of the historic Adair County Courthouse. Aboard were men from among our most treasured citizens, Adair County's veterans from World War II: Elbert Burton () Burton, Brooks Coomer, George Keltner, () Burris, Bro. Raymond Martin, Bob White, and Edgar Holmes. Joe Hare, VFW Post 6097, Commander, sums up his feelings about the day, "Every veteran, along with the general public were very pleased that the WWII veterans were the grand marshals. Their numbers are becoming very few and they deserve all the honors we can bestow upon them - they are the heros for all younger veterans." - LW

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VFW Flag detail at attention as Grand Marshals recognized



2014-12-07 - 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CM .
With the flags are VFW Post 6097 members, from left, Ron Burton, Ronnie Holt, and Commander Joe Hare, at attention as the Grand Marshal Veterans were honored. - LW

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Christmas in Columbia 2014: The Christmas Horses



2014-12-07 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CM .
After the Christmas in Columbia booths in the old courthouse closed Saturday, the horses rolled in for free carriage rides which would go on until time for the parade. The horses are miniature Belgian Haflingers with thick coats of hair to help them fight the cold.

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The ADAIR Band: with added meaning in 2014



2014-12-07 - Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CM .
The banner isn't boasting. Just the facts. 20 State Championships. Three national championships just this year. There's always a feeling that the annual Christmas in Columbia Parade is a reality when the band is first heard at the top of Jamestown Hill, with quickening emotions as the volume increases as they come through The Dip, up Town Hill, onto the Public Square. Wow - they'll never talk about it - but this band has been truly inspirational, overcoming adversity which could have stopped some programs at the outset. But not this ADAIR Band. Not this latest in a continuing Tradition of Excellence which sets a high bar for other endeavors in the county. - EW

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Waiting for the parade and on top of the world



2014-12-07 - 400 Quadant, Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
The weather for the parade challenged watchers to bundle up but little Emma Burton, 3, outsmarted the weather by remaining in the car and waving out of the rooftop. She was there with family, her parents Gola and Marshall Burton. - Linda Waggener, CM

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Shadowy silhouettes similar to Cinema Paradisio scene



2014-12-07 - Jamestown Street entrance, Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
In a way, it was multimedia street theater. The Christmas in Columbia parade, with sirens screaming, had most he attention of the crowd, but across the street, on the "Lerman's" - Russell Buiilding Wall - a silent movie was playing, continuously changing with the shadows on the wall, created by the fortuitous backlighting of the waiting spectators backlit by a Columbia Police Department prowler. It was a reminder of early outdoor cinema, when walls served a screens, a bit like the scene, in Cinema Paradisio, when the projectionist, Alfredo, turns the projector to a building in the town Square for all the townspeople to see the picture show. Paired Photo: See also: Waiting watchers, unknowingly performers in theater at time

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CIC 2014: Santa, Mrs. Claus



2014-12-07 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CM .
We love this couple. Santa and Mrs. Claus, who favor Todd and Marilyn Love - he's Methodist District Superintendent. She's a retired teacher - an awful lot. They were aboard Ladder 1, Columbia/Adair County Fire Department, Penny Grimes tells us. - LW

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Kai'Den and Chris Ingermann on winning ACPC float



2014-12-08 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Theresa Ingermann.
This is Chris Ingermann and his son Kai'Den on the 1st place Christmas Float. Kai'Den is a first grader at ACPC in Miss Kayla Thompson's class. - Theresa Ingermann

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Christmas in Columbia 2014: Fountain scene, Christmas tree



2014-12-12 - 104 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo (c) ColumbiaMagazine.com.
A downtown scene just before the Christmas Tree Lighting, Sat 6 Dec 2014. The bell tower lights in the Historic Adair County Courthouse were shining this year, a welcome addition to Christmas and another indicator of better times at the landmark.

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Christmas in Columbia: Eubank house captures themes



2014-12-13 - Jamestown at Miller Avenue, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CM.
The historic Miller home, now the Eubank home on Jamestown Street, carried both Christmas and patriotic themes in its decorations, matching the Christmas in Columbia parade December 6 which honored Adair County Veterans. Veterans of World War II took the position of Grand Marshall and led the long parade.

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