Practically over night, the weather changed from balmy and rainy to an arctic air blast just in time to set the tone for the recent 2013 Cherokee County Christmas Parade.
The annual event is sponsored by the Spirit of Cherokee, Inc.
This year’s parade drew more than 100 units consisting of floats, antique cars, horses, school groups, the Cherokee County High School March Band and numerous others.
WEIS Radio Personality Jerry Baker served as emcee for the event, assisted by Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Thereasa Hulgan. Dr. Eddie Nation, pastor of Centre First Baptist Church, opened the event in prayer.
Michael J. Thomas with the Music Emporium of Centre provided the pre-parade entertainment which consisted of several holiday favorites.
The Cherokee County Kiwanis Club, as a Christmas fundraiser, raffled off a Remington 840 this season. Before the parade began, Jill Griffin, representing the Kiwanis Club drew for the winning ticket. The lucky winner of the gun was Rick Barnes.
The town of Leesburg led things off as Grand Marshal this year.
Float winners were as follows:
-Business Division-Quic Loans, first place and Cherokee Pet Clinic, second place.
-Non Profit-Charles Brumbeloe, first place and Girls Scout Troop 675, second place.
-Schools-Gaylesville High School, first place and Cherokee County Ag Fair, second place.
Other participating entries included the Leesburg Police Department, two Leesburg fire trucks, Leesburg mayor and town council, Miss Leesburg, Coosa Corner, Sarrell Dental Center, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 31039, 20 motorcycles from the Weiss Lake Chapter 80 Riding Club, Grub Mart, Complete Cash, Red Cross, Baby Miss Snowflake, Checkmate Cash Advance, Miss Snowflakes: Tiffany Johnson and Karlee Johnson, Miss CES Beauty Queen, Little Warriors, Centre Middle School cheerleaders, Ravens 7 and Under Football Team, Cherokee County High School Marching Band, Wes Mobley and Fmaily, Cherokee County 4-H, Shaunathan Bell, Cherokee County Storm Chaser, Centre First Baptist Church, Poor Boys Toys Car Club, Cherokee County Health and Rehab-Payton Johnson, Brooklyn Montgomery, Cherokee Village Assisting Living, WQSB/Mix 102.9, Dawn’s Diamond Twirlers (ages 3-11), Spring Garden Pantherettes, Thomas Perry, Piggly Wiggly Centre, Cedar Bluff, Collinsville-Mr. Pig, Antique 66 Chevy Pickup, Girls Scout Troop 675, Premier Storm Shelter, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Gaylesville School cheerleaders, Homecomign Queen, Trojanettes, ServPro, Cherokee Cruiser Car Club, Miss Gadsden State Victoria Cleveland, Gadsden State Community College SGA officers and Gadsden State Community College Cardinal Snoop, Frosty the Snowman, fire trucks, rescue squad, Centre Fire Truck-Santa, saddle club and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.