Thorndale rings in December with Chamber Christmas parade, Santa visit, arts and crafts
Santa was here. It was Chamber of Commerce weather Dec. 1, for the Thorndale Parade sponsored by the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC). With entries from near and far plus the Shriner’s from Austin, the parade was a big hit with young and old alike.
Prior to the parade, the streets were lined with vendors offering everything from free hot and cold chocolate to jewelry. A good selection was on display of baked goods, Christmas decorations, candles, cosmetics, wooden yard art and much, much more.
Santa was also in attendance and was taking orders from all the kids in town and was also willing to have his photo taken with his favorite children. A few of the children left their letters on the fireplace and he took them with him for safe keeping. I am sure he will deliver just the right presents to just the right houses in Thorndale and Milam County.
A favorite of the crowd was a drawing for hams to those signing up for an opportunity to win. The lucky winners received a very nice ham compliments of the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and civic-minded individuals. I am sure the hams will find their way to many Christmas dinners in the area.
Another well-supported part of the day was the silent auction sponsored by the TACC. The Chamber building was overf lowing most of the day with everyone looking over the selections available. A big thank you to our fine merchants in town and other interested parties for making this the most successful auction ever.
Here are the winners in the various categories of the parade: Best Local Entry—1. TVFD Ladies Auxiliary; 2. Thorndale Chamber of Commerce; 3. Shiloh Baptist Church.
Best Out-of-Town Entry—1. Milam County Sheriff’s entry (stagecoach being pulled by reindeer); 2. McDade Watermelon Festival; 3. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church “Christ is the light of the world”.
Best Car/ Tr uck Entr y—1. Thorndale Fire Dept.; 2. Decorated Polaris Ranger from Williamson County Equipment Co.; 3. Decorated gator from Coufal Prater in Taylor.
Most Original Entry—Joyce Jaeger, decorater mule/golf cart with grandkids and pets riding with her.
Best Youth/Child Entry—1. Youth Cheerleaders and football players; 2. Thorndale Threat softball team. Here is the list of the 2012 ham donors for the Thorndale Christmas Parade:
Rockdale Federal Credit Union, Apache Pass, Allen and Jean Hejl, Butts Dry Goods, Angie Becker, Big Texas Hair, Larry and Susan Drabek, Prosperity Bank, Fisher’s Gun Shop, Modern Renovations, Buddy and Marilyn Johnson, JJ Acres, Thorndale Co-OP, Durwood and Darleen Tucker.
Sassy Up, Schroeder’s Place, Four Star Fabrication, Thorndale Community Lumber, Thorndale Meat Market, Convicted Ink Tattoos, Downtown Cafe, Family Hair Salon, Mercedes Beans, Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch, Barton and Marcia Felton.
A “ thank you” f rom the Thorndale parade committee to Coufal Prater and Williamson County Equipment Company for the use of the Polaris Ranger and John Deere Gator for transporting participants to and from their floats.
Also we want to thank all those who made this year’s parade a success including float drivers, helpers at parade cen- tral, the directors of the Chamber of Commerce who provided gift certificates for our judges and of course the judges themselves.
Finally a big thank you to the community as a whole who came out and watched and participated in our parade this year.
The TACC would also like to thank the citizens of the area for supporting our signature Christmas event. The TACC is proud to bring family-friendly events to Thorndale.
If you would like to be a part of this civic group and help support our businesses and communities, please call Brian Morton at 512- 658-5378 or Darleen Tucker at 512-898-2727 to join our organizations.
And don’t forget to shop locally this holiday season. Many of our local merchants were open during the day and I know they appreciate your patronage. Please support our local merchants at this time of year and all year long.
And don’t forget to check us out on the web at thorndaletx.com. If you would like for us to promote an event for you please let us know.