Donations accepted at Christmas parade
Unwanted eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones accepted
While making your way to the 2007 Christmas Parade for Newton County “ Celebrate the Season” do not forget to bring along your old or unwanted eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones.
Ed Minge, the vice president of the Covington Lions Club, said each year the club collects eyeglasses to give to the less fortunate.
“ Last year we took 500 pairs down to Honduras,” Minge said.
The club has recently added hearing aids and cell phones which they turn into 911 phones which are given to shut- ins. A booth for donations will be setup in the center of the Cov- ington Square during the parade.
The Lion’s Club and Main Street Covington are hosting the parade this Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a. m.
Minge said 150 groups have signed up so far for the parade.
“ The parade mat be bigger than ever this year judging by the amount of response we have had so far,” said Josephine Kelly, executive director of Main Street Covington. “ I was recently speaking with another downtown manager and he could not believe how much response we get to our Christmas parade.”
Newton County School’s 2008 Teacher of the Year Eric Adams will the grand marshal for the parade.
Kelly said the teacher of the year serves as the grand marshal each year. Adams, a Latin and Greek teacher at East Side High School, will lead the parade in style riding in a 2007 Ford Mustang from Covington Ford. As always, Santa Claus’s float will conclude the parade.
Kelly said local high school bands and color guards would also be participating in the parade.
A trophy will be awarded to the float deemed Best All- Around.
The judges will base their votes on a variety of factors including holiday spirit, theme, creativity and construction.
The Best All- Around Trophy will be awarded at the reviewing stand upon arrival of the float at Newton County Historical Courthouse.
First and second place awards will also be given for floats sponsored by high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, preschools, kindergartens, churches, civic clubs, families, boy scouts, girl scouts and business.
The parade will begin at Newton Drive before participants enter from Mill Street.
The parade will then take a left on Anderson Avenue, a right on Floyd Street which becomes Clark Street, a left on Lee Street, a left on Washington Street which becomes College Avenue. At this point walkers will take a left on East Street while vehicles will take a right.
The walkers will then return to Floyd Street and then Anderson Avenue. Vehicles will take a left on to Mill Street and a left on Newton Drive.
For more information on the 2007 Christmas Parade, call Main Street Covington at ( 770) 385- 2077 or e- mail covparade@ yahoo. com.