Santa, parades, Friday, Saturday

Depot, downtown focal points for Rockdale’s holiday activity this weekend
Reporter Editor

Fire-eater Gene ‘Bubba’ Wright. Fire-eater Gene ‘Bubba’ Wright. One big parade, two smaller parades, Santa and two nights (and one day) packed with fun are on tap Friday and Saturday in an “Old Fashioned Christmas in Olde Towne Rockdale.”

Rockdale’s annual night-time, lighted Christmas parade, complete with a “fire eater named Bubba,” will glitter from downtown to Fair Park at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s celbration is more “ kid oriented” than ever, according to Deedra Jacob, Chamber of Commerce manager.

Gene “Bubba” Wright, a “fire-eater,” will be in the parade and will also perform during the day on Saturday, beginning at noon, at Wolf Park, according to Rev. Rick Hertless, who helped to arrange the visit.

There will be two mini-parades for kids at Wolf Park, downtown, one centering around a costume contest at 5:30 p.m. Friday and the other as part of a pet show at 9 a.m. Saturday.

FRIDAY—Jacob said for the Friday kids parade, children are invited to decorate bicycles, tricycles and wagons or dress in a favorite Christmas costume. “Pets will be allowed on leashes,” she said. Prizes will be awarded for decorating, creativity and costumes.

Entertainment will include the Communities in Concert Band.

Roll call for those honored, or memorialized, by luminarias will be at 6:15 p.m.

Rockdale’s official Christmas tree will be illuminated in a 6:45 p.m. ceremony. Those activities are also at Wolf Park.

PET SHOW—Saturday activities start at 9 a.m. with a new event, a kids pet show at Wolf Park.

Categories are: Small dog (20 pounds and under), big dog (20 pounds and more), dog costume, dog and owner costume, best trick, cutest dog (no costume) and the best overall male and female will be recognized.

DEPOT—Many Saturday activities will be centered on the I&GN Historical Depot includng a toy train display, antique toy display and a working blacksmith shop.

Kids can participate in story time in the depot’s caboose.

There w ill be lunch at the depot. Chili will be sold and you can eat in the depot’s diner car which is being restored by the Rockdale Historical Society.

There will be entertainment, arts and crafts and food vendors all day.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be set up inside the depot to hear the wishes of area children from 4 to 6 p.m.

The North Pole’s first family will ride a float in the 6:30 p.m. parade which winds its way from downtown to Fair Park.

Dr. Lucile Estell will be parade grand marshal.

There’s still time to enter the parade by calling the Chamber at 446-2030. Lineup starts are 5:30 p.m.

No candy will be thrown from floats.

MORE FUN—Several other activities will be going on during the weekend.

Market Day— Saturday is Rockdale’s quarterly Market Day with booths set up downtown and several locations along US 79.

St. Joseph’s Bazaar—The Ladies Society of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar in the church’s education building beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Items include baked goods, arts, crafts, a silent auction and chili, chicken stew and sandwiches will be on sale. (See page 4B.)

NATIVITIES— Nativities collected from around the world will again be featured during a two-day open house Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 310 Calhoun.

Admission is free. Hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10

Weekend Christmas party, downtown Rockdale

5 to 8 p.m.—Many downtown businesses open late; pony rides, ‘cow
train,’ games for children; arts and crafts and food vendor booths; local
entertainment; bring toys for Christmas Roundup.
5:30 p.m.—Lineup for children’s parade, Wolf Park.
5:45 p.m.—Children’s parade and judging, Wolf Park.
6:15 p.m.—Roll call of luminarias, sponsored by Relay For Life, Wolf
6:45 p.m.—Christmas tree lighting, Wolf Park.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Market Day, many locations downtown and along
US 79.
9 a.m.—Pet show, Wolf Park.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.—Entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, toy train, antique toys, working blacksmith shop, story
time in caboose, I&GN Historical Depot.
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.—Annual St. Joseph’s Catholic Church bazaar.
4 to 6 p.m.—Santa visits with children in the depot; games sponsored
by Meadowbrook Baptist Church.
6:30 p.m.—Lighted Christmas parade, downtown to Fair Park.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.—Benefit dance for Christmas Roundup, The Ranch.

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