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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
This story was posted on 2014-12-13 10:22:40
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