The annual Lockhart Christmas Parade is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Line up for floats will begin at 1 p.m. at Lockhart Schools where the parade will begin and then move downtown. The parking lot next to the playground will be reserved for handicap parking and anyone needing to use the area to park should be sure to have their handicap sticker or tag in their vehicle's window.
New to this year's Christmas celebration is Ty-me the Clown — or Hobo Joe — who will be wandering around the parade route beginning at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday and during the parade making balloon art and offering his special brand of entertainment. Hobo Joe was found by Lockhart Christmas Parade chairman Barry Canupp who invited the clown to town for the special event.
For the second year, the town also is giving any vendors who would like to set up shop during the parade the opportunity to do so at no charge. Lockhart Town Council hopes vendors come out for the event and encourages anyone interested to contact town hall at 545-2103 or Canupp at 429-7051.
Spots will be assigned to each vendor who participates and the town is encouraging anyone interested in setting up a booth to sign up as soon as possible to get their spot.
“We're hoping the crowds will come early to support the vendors,” said Lockhart Mayor Ailene Ashe.
Vendors will begin assembling at their spots at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The 2010 installment of the Lockhart Christmas Parade promises to be as festive and fun as those of years past and the flyers announcing the event promise "Santa will be looking for you!"
Lockhart also has been decked in holiday style as the town's Christmas lights were put up the week of Thanskgiving and now shine down on city sidewalks and will throughout the Christmas season. The town also encourages people to come downtown and see the lighted angels as part of the 2010 Festival of Lights. The angels are located on the depot wall along Canal Road.
The Festival of Lights group — a committee of several Lockhart residents funded through donations organized in 1997 to take care of all the town's Christmas lights and decorations and put them up each year — will hold a special ceremony immediately following the parade Sunday. The ceremony will be held at the town bell, located near Town Hall and Lockhart First Baptist Church, with a short program, Christmas carols, devotion and special music.
Parade-goers are encouraged to attend.
Ashe reminded council members when Union County's other Christmas parades are scheduled during the council's regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 23. While the Lockhart parade is slated for this weekend, the mayor also encouraged council members to attend as many Christmas parades as they could this year.
In other business at the regular meeting, the council:
• Was updated on a water line break on South Fourth Street and a sewer line clog on North Fifth Street, both of which have been repaired. Ashe also informed council members the town plans to apply for Community Development Block Grant — or CDBG — funds next spring that, if awarded, would be put toward making improvements to the community's sewer lines.
• Was reminded of two council seats up for election in March. The terms of council members Connie Porter and Tammy Stamey will both be up for grabs in the March 8, 2011, town council elections. Porter plans to run for her seat again while Stamey still is undecided. The filing period for anyone interested in running for either seat will begin later in December.
• Heard a report from guest speaker and town hall intern Judy Gill about her time working at town hall over the last several months and what she learned from the experience.