Baileyville Readies for Christmas Parade

By Jayna Smith

 

A group of Woodland High School students leading last year's Baileyville Christmas Parade.  

The village of Woodland will be bustling with activity on Friday, December 11th as Santa will arrive for an early visit.  The fun will begin at 6:00 pm with the annual Christmas Parade organized by the town's holiday committee, Jamie Bohanon, Sherri Emery, and Mike Boise.  

The festive community event will start from the town office and make its way down Main Street.  After turning onto Third Avenue, the parade will end at the Spednic Club.  There, kids will have the opportunity to meet with Santa and receive goodies and treats, according to Jamie Bohanon.  

The Spednic Club will transform into a beautifully decorated Christmas wonderland, thanks to students at Woodland Elementary School.  Bohanon said each class will help out in some way through projects made in art classes.  

"Kids visiting with Santa will leave with coloring books and crayons, and also, just for fun, they will be able to take an ornament with them from off the tree," Bohanon said.  "Dunkin Donuts has donated hot chocolate and coffee, and there will also be cookies available."

All businesses and organizations are invited to come be part of the parade, with no fee to enter.  Throwing candy or other items during the parade, however, is strictly prohibited.  This, Bohanon explained, is due to liability issues.

The parade will include brightly lit floats, pageant queens, police cars, fire trucks, and many surprises, and of course Santa himself.  Even more, each entrant will have the opportunity to win a big cash prize.  "We're giving out a first and second place cash prize for best overall," Bohanon said, and those cash prizes he said are in the amounts of $250 and $150.  

In preparation of the big night, many in the community will gather on Saturday, December 5th at noon (or Sunday, December 6th at 1:00 in the event of rain) at the downtown memorial park.  Many colorful lights will be strung among the trees to help brighten up the town.  "VL Tammaro has already gotten involved by donating wreaths," Bohanon said, which will line the poles Main Street. 

 

For additional information about the holiday festivities, one may reach Jamie Bohanon at 214-3349.