It was a festive weekend in Yadkin County with holiday events happening throughout the area. It all began with the tree lighting in Yadkinville on Friday evening at the Yadkinville park. On Saturday morning, the streets of Yadkinville were lined with folks eagerly awaiting the annual Christmas parade.
During his comments at the Monday meeting, Yadkin County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kevin Austin said the Yadkinville Christmas parade was one of the best ever.
Kids eagerly awaited the candy which was thrown during the parade. The parade was led by a color guard of local veterans as well as Yadkinville police officers on motorcycles and Grand Marshal Lee Groce. The Forbush marching band was also front and center during the parade as well as the Forbush homecoming queen and members of the JROTC.
A host of emergency vehicles from area departments came through the line with lights flashing festively. Churches and local groups went all out with holiday-themed floats. As befitting this rural county, there were also a number of tractors, some decorated for Christmas in the parade. Colorful classic cars rounded out the parade lineup.
Immediately following the Yadkinville parade were several more holiday events including the Yadkin Arts Council’s Christmas in the Plaza event and crafts and snacks for children hosted by Yadkin Smart Start.
Christmas in the Plaza included live music in the arts council’s Third Branch Café plus local artisans selling holiday gift items.
Artist Viktoria Majestic said it was a wonderful event.
“It’s very special because of the mood, everybody here is in a festive mood,” Majestic said. Majestic hails from Hungary and lived up north when she first moved to the United States. She now resides in East Bend and she said Yadkin County reminds of her home because of the people.
“Actually the whole feeling I get is more European than I got up north,” she said. “People are more down to earth, very friendly.”
Arts Council President John Willingham said the weekend was a great success thanks to the wonderful tradition of the parade, plus the other exciting activities going on including a holiday show. The Willingham Wonderland inaugural holiday show in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center’s Willingham Theater will run next weekend as well, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Rounding out the holiday events in Yadkin County was the annual Boonville tree lighting and Christmas parade on Saturday evening.
“Boonville’s Small Town Christmas and Twilight Parade, sponsored by the Boonville Business and Downtown Development Assoc., Inc., was a huge success in its simplicity,”said Boonville Commissioner Bonnie Lasky. “The newly added Reindeer Dash was lots of fun prior to the parade. Santa was there, and the hot chocolate was flowing. It is heart warming to see the Christmas tree, angels and manger scene lights illuminate as the parade reaches the center of town. The streets were lined with family members — young and old. The weather was perfect, and we had the largest parade participation we’ve ever had. We truly live in the best place in the world!”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.