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Mrs. Claus and Ol’ Saint Nick were a big hit Saturday in the Water Valley Christmas Parade.

Downtown Christmas Decor – Pat Ray (left) and Betty Ruth Swearengen of the Town and Country Garden Club work with other club members to put a touch of holiday cheer on the Railroad Park pavilion.

Looking north up Main Street. Photos by Jack Gurner

Parker’s 5 & 10 around 1945.For many post-war youngsters, Christmas centered around the windows of the downtown stores. If you look closely (and maybe close your eyes and wish hard enough) you can see the highly sought after BB gun leaning upright in the right window. Go to the Street Talk column by clicking on Herald Columnists to the left and read Susan Hart’s comments about Christmas on Main Street.

Parades Planned In Coffeeville,Water Valley, Open House In Oakland

By David Howell

The holiday seasons has kicked into high gear across Yalobusha County.

     At 1 p.m.Saturday, the anticipated Water Valley Christmas Parade rolled down Main Street. This year, Dr. and Mrs. Paul (Ervalene) Odom are grand marshals, leading the parade.

    “The Tri-Lake Fairground Association is proud to honor this couple as the Grand Marshals of the 2008 Water Valley Christmas Parade,” stated Parade Chairman J. C. Womble.  The Odoms are no strangers to Water Valley. They have been active ambassadors for the Water Valley Community for many years and still continue to help in community projects. Through the years, the Odoms have helped many people, touching many lives with their actions.

    Most of the entries from last year are returning and there will also be many new comers to this year’s parade. Bride by Grace, Valley Dance Company, Western Sizzler (Batesville), Seven Oaks Funeral Home, the 5th and 6th Grade Band, Championship Wrestlers, Pee Wee TiTi Football Team, W.V.H.S. Drama Club (Christmas in the Land of Oz), The Grinch (Water Valley Main Street Association), Faith Learning Center, and Miss Hospitality are some of the new entries.

  The latest update is that Santa and Mrs. Claus will be flying in from the North Pole to be in the Christmas Parade on Saturday.

  The parade will be recorded and broadcast from the Downtown Bandstand and will be aired at a later date on the local channel.

  The Tri-Lake Fairground Association will have a concession stand, located next to the bandstand, and will be selling grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and cold drinks. The concession will have food ready to sell by 11 a.m.

  If you have not already entered the Christmas Parade line-up, but wish to have an entry, contact J. C. Womble at 473-1742. “It’s never too late to enter,” stated Parade Chairman Womble.

Other Holiday Activities

    In Coffeeville, a Christmas parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. It is not too late to register to participate in this this annual event, which is sponsored by the Coffeeville Woman’s League.

    There is not entry fee, and prizes will be awarded for the best floats.

    Also on Saturday, Dec. 13, the Oakland Christmas Tour will be held , starting at 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church, with Christmas music. The Herron House, home of Flora and Sam Vance, will be open, An art exhibit in the Presbyterian Church will be hosted by Carol and Richard Denham.

    The next stop will be New Life Fellowship Church on Highway 32 East, where “Trees of the Season” will be displayed.

Rev. Jerry Smith, accompanied by his wife, Spin, will lead the tour at this location.

  After leaving the church, participants will then travel to Cossar Sate Park, located on County Road 170. At the end of the road, the homes of Roy and Fay Tackett and Richard and Ginny Sosebee will be awaiting you. These homes will have bright Christmas bows on the mailboxes.

  Upon entering Cossar Sate Park, you may enjoy nature at its best. The Park will be decorated and at the visitors center there will be arts and refreshments.

  Donations from this event will go to Friends of the Library and Friends of Cossar State Park.

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