By Ashley Rader
Downtown Elizabethton was transformed into a festive homecoming for spectators who came out to enjoy the annual Christmas parade.
The theme for the parade, “I’ll be Home for Christmas: A Salute to Those Who Serve,” was selected because of the timing of this year’s event.
Chamber of Commerce Director Tonya Stevens said the theme was chosen because the parade fell on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The Chamber requested that entries be decorated from the point of view of a soldier coming home for the holidays, either on leave or permanently, or a soldier dreaming of being able to come home for the holidays.
Stevens said this year’s parade had close to 80 entries. Hundreds of people lined the downtown street to watch the event on Saturday evening.
Some of the entries were a part of judged competitions. Winners were judged in three categories: service/school, commercial and church.
Winners for service/school were Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee for first place and Valley Forge Youth Club No. 2 for second place.
First place in commercial went to the Crow’s Nest and second place was awarded to Carter County Bank.
First place in the church division was given to Valley Forge Christian Church with Harmony Freewill Baptist taking second place.