Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with a child Saturday evening during the Kimberly Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Dozens of residents showed up for the popular annual event.

By Melanie Patterson

The North Jefferson News

Stouts Road in Kimberly was lined on both sides Saturday night with folks young and old wanting to see a parade.

The town’s fourth annual Christmas parade was deemed a success by town officials.

For several minutes before the procession appeared, parade go-ers could hear the Mortimer Jordan High School marching band getting closer, as well as sirens from police cars and fire trucks.

Candy was flowing freely from the 30 or so floats that took part. Among the floats were Bryan Elementary School, IGA MarketPlace grocery store, Welch’s Muffler Automotive and Truck Repair, Kimberly Senior Center and many others.

There were also fire trucks from several departments.

As is custom, the parade ended at Kimberly Memorial Park, where Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with children.

Town clerk Sandy Waid and Mayor Ralph Lindsey’s wife Sally Lindsey were waiting there to hand out hot chocolate, hot apple cider and cookies to the crowd.

Also, Mayor Ralph Lindsey headed up the tree-lighting ceremony by having the crowd count down for the town Christmas tree to be illuminated.

Lindsey said the ceremony took him back to his childhood.

“I was so delighted with the turnout. It made me feel good, like it’s not all about bright lights and tinsel,” Lindsey said. “These are people who know how to celebrate Christmas. I could see it in their eyes. ... It took me back to when I was a boy. That’s the way it used to be.”

Lindsey said that next year’s town Christmas ceremony would bring some new surprises and would be “even more fun.”

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