Wednesday, November 28, 2012
When the Fulton Jaycee’s and New Bloomfield Christmas parades take to Callaway’s streets this weekend, both will feature a unique twist aimed at getting the community more involved.
The New Bloomfield parade, beginning 2 p.m. Sunday, will be organized by the New Bloomfield FFA chapter for the first time this year. The Jaycee’s Christmas parade, kicking off at 1 p.m. Saturday, will benefit the SERVE, Inc. food pantry.
Evelyn Thomas, a long-time coordinator of New Bloomfield’s annual parade, said it was time to let someone else begin inheriting the tradition.
“My husband and I and a couple other people have done it for years and years, but we’ve been talking about passing it off to somebody younger,” she said.
Thomas said she and her husband had still been doing publicity and finance work for the event, but that the FFA students had taken over all other planning responsibilities, including judging for the $100, $75 and $50 float prizes and selecting longtime New Bloomfield residents and Wildcat supporters Norris and Mary Hill as the parade marshals.