December 1, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
The Liberty Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon became the opening act for parade lovers in DeKalb County this holiday season.
Smiling faces lined both sides of West Main Street from Salem Baptist Church to the reviewing stand near the Liberty Community Center anxious to view the sights, to catch a glimpse of Santa, and to scoop up some of the candy tossed to the crowd
This year’s Liberty parade featured a showcase of holiday themed floats, vintage automobiles, horseback riders, Mayor Dwight and wife Shirley Mathis, Mr and Ms. DeKalb County Dr. Doug Hooper and Circuit Court Clerk Susan Martin, special entries from local businesses and utility companies, ATVs and motorcycles, Smoky the Bear and the Tennessee Forestry Division, emergency vehicles including the DeKalb County EMS, DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department featuring the Liberty Station, Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad, Sheriff Patrick Ray, Constables, State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, Assessor of Property Shannon Cantrell and more including the star of the show, Santa Claus.
Emcees for the parade were Tom Duggin of MyDTC3 and Denise Page.
After the parade, awards were presented to the best entries and drawings were held for prize giveaways.
The Dowelltown Baptist Church took 1st place for their float entry featuring a nativity and crucifixion scene with the theme “Come Let Us Adore Him”. Second place went to Wilson Bank & Trust.
In the category vintage automobiles/tractors, Jeff and Ellen Herrin won 1st place. Second place went to Mark and Melinda Miller.
In the entry for small kids, Parker Prince took 1st place and 2nd place went to Alexis Reynolds.
The Liberty Parade was sponsored by the Town of Liberty and Liberty State Bank.