Hundreds turned out Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the Smithville and Liberty Christmas Parades.
As always, the parades featured floats, older automobiles, motorcycles, local kings and queens, local and state public officials, scouts, horseback riders, the DeKalb County High School Fighting Tiger Band, among many other entries. Of course, the highlight of the parades was the appearance of Santa Claus who rode into town on a fire engine tossing candy left and right to everyone along the parade route.
The Grand Marshals of the Smithville parade were the Styck Man and Stewart James of the Country Giant. Channel 4's Snow Bird was the Grand Marshal of the Liberty Parade.
At the Smithville Parade, \"Where is He Born King of the Jews\" by the Temple Baptist Church won first place in the float competition.
Snow Hill Baptist Church took second place for their float called \"Star of Bethlehem\" and the Bethlehem Community Church received third place for their float called \"God Placed His Gift on the Tree Not Under It.\"
In Liberty, Randy Campbell and family won first place in the float competition while Johnson's Heating and Air and the Salem Baptist Church Children tied for second place.
Kevin Bandy's 1925 Ford truck took first place and John and Judy Alsup's 1957 Chevy stationwagon received second place in the vintage car and truck category.
Jack Bryson of Auburntown won first place and Joe Vickers of Liberty took second place in the tractor competition.
And Alex Meadows was awarded first place and Roger Cook received second place in the miscellaneous category.
The Smithville Parade is sponsored each year by the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department. The Liberty Parade is put on by the Town of Liberty and Liberty State Bank.