Logan County sure knows how to put on a parade. From the annual Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade, to the Auburn, Lewisburg and Schochoh Christmas parades, hundreds of people gather together to have a good time and fellowship with their neighbors.
With Christmas a month away, organizers have set the dates that are sure to cool the outside, while warming your insides.
The City of Auburn will be hosting its annual Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. You will be able to see the parade by either standing, sitting or watching from your warm car down Main Street.
“A Home for the Holidays” is this year’s theme and helping the Logan County Humane Society is this year’s focus.
“All proceeds from the parade will go to benefit the Humane Society of Logan County,” said Sarah Moore. “Although there is no fee to enter the parade, organizers are asking for a small donation to help the animals.”
The humane society will be on hand at 1 p.m. on the square with adoption tents. There will also be a collection spot for donations of cat and dog food, bleach, kitty litter, etc.
The parade starts at 2 p.m. with line up at 1 p.m. at the city’s park. There is no preregistration required.
“We encourage floats,” said Moore. “And Christmas lights. Students from the school will be going up and down the street collecting donations for the humane society,” said Moore. “This would also be a good time for someone to come out and adopt a homeless kitten or dog for their family.”
On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. the Lewisburg Parade will begin. The past few years the parade has been held at night, however, organizers felt due to safety issues it would be better to hold it during the daytime hours.
“Lack of lighting and children running here and there to retrieve candy, caused concern,” said Angela Swinney, Lewisburg’s clerk.
Those who want to be in the Lewisburg parade are asked to line up at 1:30 p.m. on Industrial Drive. Anyone can be in the parade. There have been several churches invited. Santa Claus will also be paying a visit.
“Each year the parade seems to grow,” said Swinney.
No fees are required for entry. The parade is just a community event for everyone to enjoy.
The community of Schochoh will be having its annual Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
According to Rusty Martin, one of the parade organizers, everything is the same as in past years, except they will not be serving barbecue this year, just sweets, hot coco, coffee and drinks. There may be some holiday bluegrass music afterwards.
There is also no cost to be in the Schochoh parade.
If you are going to be in parade you need to go on down to the Walnut Grove farms where the parade begins. The Schochoh Community Center will end the route.
Directly after the Schochoh festivities, the Red River Association will be having its Christmas Candlelight Service at the Red River Meeting House at 4 p.m.
The Red River Meeting House was the site of the first religious camp meeting in the United States. Held June 13-17, 1800, it marked the start of the Second Great Awakening, a major religious movement in the United States in the first part of the nineteenth century. The meeting was organized by the Presbyterian minister James McGready in Logan County, and several preachers took part.
The meeting house and grounds are utilized each year in the fall when people visit from all over to become a part of the Camp Meeting and Rendezvous, which has people dressed in period clothing, living life as they did back during the Great Awakening. There is also a very historic cemetery nestled beside the log cabin that holds a variety of interesting graves.
Participating in the candle light service is a spacial event that not only celebrates the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, but also gives those in attendance a feeling of being back in time during a period that was so instrumental in spreading the word about Christianity in this region of the United States.
The Red River Meeting House is located 3 miles from Hwy. 431 on Hwy. 663 near Schochoh. For more information, call 270-539-6528.
Darlene Moore and Rusty Martin will be on Feedback Monday, Nov. 30 to take about the events.
To contact Chris Cooper, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-726-8394.