By Ashley Rader
When the 2012 Christmas Parade makes its way through downtown Elizabethton Saturday evening City Manager Fred Edens will be the guest of honor as the grand marshal of the parade.
Chamber of Commerce Director Tonya Stevens said Edens was chosen as grand marshal to honor his service to the city and in recognition of his retirement. Edens will retire as the city manager on Jan. 4.
Edens said he was honored to be chosen as grand marshal.
“I don’t think that I deserve the recognition,” Edens said. “It is a bittersweet time for me. I love Elizabethton, and I love the citizens here. It will be nice to look out over the crowd and the citizens. It is definitely going to be an emotional time. I appreciate the honor.”