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The annual Owen County Christmas parade will roll through town Sunday, kicking off the Christmas season once more.
This year’s theme will be “A Christmas Wish for You.”
Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman said this theme was chosen from last year’s leftovers.
“We still had some good suggestions left from last year so we decided to choose one of those,” Hetterman said.
The festivities begin at 1 p.m. when local merchants will host open houses. Local crafters will be located in the Odd Fellows Lodge.
Floats line up at 2 p.m. at the Southern States parking lot.
Floats will be judged at 2:15 p.m. by out-of-town judges.
Hetterman said that as of Monday only four floats were registered for the parade, but those who wish to design a float can sign up through Friday.
“By the time it’s all said and done, we usually have about 10 floats,” Hetterman said.
Four categories are judged — business, civic, youth and churches. An overall winner is also chosen.
First-place winners receive $100, second place $75 and third place $50.
Other groups in the parade will begin lining up at 2:30 p.m.
Hetterman said groups with horses, classic cars and tractors have been invited.
Singing at the courthouse square will take place from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. with Santa Claus expected to make his annual appearance on the courthouse steps at 4 p.m.
The community Christmas celebration will begin at 5 p.m. in the courtroom, and the lighting of luminaries and town square will begin at 6 p.m.
Hetterman encouraged everyone to attend the festivities.
“It’s a great way to kick off the season,” Hetterman said. “The shops are open and everyone can get some shopping done locally. It’s a wonderful community event that everyone can take part in some way.”