Bring your Toys for Tots donations to Saturday’s Troutman Christmas Parade
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The Troutman Christmas Parade, the Troutman Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast, and the South Iredell Holiday Craft Show will kick off the town’s holiday festivities on Saturday, December 2.
The Troutman Christmas Parade, in its second year after a 50-year hiatus, is starting a new tradition by collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program at the 11 a.m. event.
They are in need of toys for all ages of children and usually have more difficulty getting toys for children 12 years and up.
A trailer carrying the collected toys will travel behind Santa in the parade. Parade spectators can donate toys as the trailer comes by on the parade route by giving them to Girl Scout Troop 12965 members, who will be walking with the trailer and passing out candy canes to the crowd.
Community members may also bring toys to Town Hall any time by Friday, December 2.
This year’s parade participation has increased beyond expectations, with 961 participants,107 vehicles, and 11 animals from over 70 applications. Last year’s parade featured 643 participants and 80 vehicles from over 58 applications.
WSIC will be broadcasting the parade live from the Troutman Depot.
Participants include the West Iredell Band, the Troutman Elementary Music Ensemble, public officials, beauty queens, classic cars, floats, and 200 Acrofitness performers, all decked out in their holiday finest.
Mayor Teross Young and some Town Council members will ride the parade route in a horse and carriage. Council member Sally Williams will ride horses with her family members.
The parade will begin at the corner of North Eastway Drive and Old Murdock Road near the Food Lion shopping center and proceed down to South Eastway to Troutman Baptist Church.
Parking is available at the public lot beside Elegant Monogramming, the Troutman Depot lot, Town Hall, ESC Park, and Troutman Elementary and Middle schools. Spectators, who can bring chairs or blankets for comfort, can safely can watch the parade along the Richardson Greenway.
Parade organizers wish to thank Wendy's and McDonald's for their commitment to provide breakfast to organizers and volunteers on Saturday morning.
Parade participants and entries should enter the Iredell-Statesville Schools Career Academy and Technical School (CATS) at the automotive technology side entrance near the corner of Murdock Road and Old Murdock Road.
Those who are dropping off participants should drop them off behind the auto tech building and then exit straight onto Old Murdock Road to proceed to the parade route. Those wishing to park should park in the front of the auto tech center or in the grassy area near Murdock Road if spaces run out.
Floats, vehicles, and other parade units should also enter from Murdock Road, proceed around the auto tech center area, and then proceed left up the hill to the lineup area in front of the main CATS building.
A parade organizer will hand out placement order numbers as entrants enter the lineup area. Assigned lineup spots will be clearly marked with corresponding numbers as they proceed into this staging zone.
After the parade ends at Troutman Baptist Church on South Eastway Drive, New Life Missionary Church and ICATS will shuttle participants back to CATS to return to their cars or for post-parade pickup.ROTARY SANTA BREAKFAST
To start the parade festivities off right, fuel up with a great meal at the Troutman Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Troutman Elementary School. The breakfast features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon and eggs, as well as a visit with Santa.
Tickets are $8 each, with $5 tickets for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under eat free. Proceeds will benefit South Yadkin Baptist Association’s “Toy Store for Jesus” and other children in the community.
Boxes will also be available for collection of non-perishable foods and toys to assist families in need.SOUTH IREDELL CRAFT FAIR
Before or after the parade, visitors can also stop by the annual holiday bazaar at South Iredell High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event benefits the Junior/Senior Prom fund at SIHS.
Organizer Cheryl Harmon said the free admission event, featuring great gifts and holiday decor, will be in the auxiliary gym.
Along with booths displaying handmade crafts, decorations, wood art, jewelry, scarfs, baked goods, and essential oils, several commercial vendors, such as Thirty-One, Mary Kay and Pampered Chef, will be displaying their wares.