Christmas party was quite a story!
Biggest crowds ever for night parade Saturday
Lynda Kubiak wrote a Rockdale-based Christmas story which she read in the depot’s caboose Saturday to scores of fascinated children including (L-R) Alan Edmondson, Averie Hobbs and Ally Page. Reporter/Mike Brown
So what if they had to turn on the air conditioning Saturday in the depot museum so Santa could talk to Rockdale kids.
This is Texas!
By Saturday evening a crowd estimated at 2,000 turned out, in perfect weather, for Rockdale’s biggest ever night parade.
“This is the largest night parade we’ve ever had,” Denice Doss, Chamber of Commerce president, said. “We had crowds not just downtown but all the way to Fair Park.”
Doss said moving the parade to Saturday night brought many positive comments from the public.
Best local float—JV cheerleaders.
Best out-of-town float—Cowboy Boxing Club.
Best car/truck—Christmas Rubicon.
Eugenia ‘Genie’ Newton was parade grand marshal Saturday, threw switch to iluminate town Christmas tree Friday in Wolf Park.
Best motorcycle—Dusty Sledge.
Best animal entry—David Eubanks.
Best youth/child entry—Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Best Elf—Manor Oaks Nursing Home.
Best Family Entry—Milam County Cowboy Church.
Best ATV—Jody and Kathy Pelzel.
KIDS STROLL Best Santa—Marcos Santellano. Best reindeer—Trey Hill.
Best elf—Jacie Hartley.
Best whimsical—Justin Gage and dog Mia as Mr. Grinch and Max.
COLORING CONTEST Pre-K—Jesus Bocanegra. Kindergarten—Bethzeira Barajas. First grade—McKenna Robertson. Second grade—Raymond McBride. Third grade—Hannah Reynosa. Fourth grade—Kylie Eubanks.
At left, it’s pretty awesome to see Santa when you’re two, just ask Deacon Williams, son of Jason and Katy Williams. Above, youngsters complete the children’s stroll and costume contest.
Arts, crafts, food booths drew browsers to Wolf Park area Saturday morning and afternoon.