Troutman in full holiday swing with parade, Santa breakfast, and holiday bazaar
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Though rain drops started to fall just before the Troutman Christmas Parade began on Saturday morning, enthusiastic crowds still lined Old Murdock Road and Eastway Drive to watch the brightly decorated floats, beauty queens, classic and sport vehicles, and dancers. The star of the event, Santa Claus, along with a cute little helper elf, closed the parade riding a decorated Troutman Fire Department truck.
Prior to the parade, hundreds packed the Troutman Elementary School cafeteria for the annual Rotary Club of Troutman Pancake Breakfast with Santa. While listening to holiday tunes by South Iredell High School and Troutman Middle School students, attendees feasted on pancakes, sausage, bacon and eggs before enjoying a photo opportunity with Santa. Proceeds from the event benefit South Yadkin Baptist Association’s “Toy Store for Jesus” program and other children in the community.
Coming up on Sunday, December 2, running and walking enthusiasts, dressed in their best outlandish holiday gear, will descend on Troutman greenway near the Barium Springs YMCA for the 5K Jingle Run/Walk. The free event begins at 3 p.m. and is suitable for all ages and ability levels.
Another holiday tradition, Troutman’s annual tree lighting, will be on Thursday, December 6, at 6 p.m. at Troutman’s ESC Park pavilion (338 North Avenue). The town invites community members to join the festivities, including holiday carols and special music for local school groups, hot chocolate and cookies and a visit from Santa Claus.