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Possumtown parade gets bigger than ever this year
Dec 13, 2006 12:00 am
Residents of Possumtown turned out in large numbers along the 7-mile "Possumtown loop" that serves as the venue for the small community's annual Christmas parade.
The parking lot of Friendship Christian School was filled with the noise of tractor engines and four-wheelers as the participants prepared to rumble down the street.
Over 200 entries were included in the event this year making the march the largest since the parade was started.
"We had 234 entries in the parade this year," Jerry McFarland said. "That's bigger and better than we've ever had before."
Sheriff Terry Ashe led off the fun displaying the strength of his police sirens as he led the procession down Coles Ferry Pike. Lebanon city officials greeted the residents and wished all a Merry Christmas.
Children were lined up all along the road in anticipation of candy that was being tossed from the various floats and vehicles. Antique cars from many eras rolled down Coles Ferry accompanied by yet other forms of transportation. Four wheelers, mini bikes and motorcycles as well as a large group of horses were featured in the parade.
McFarland noted this year's event was one of the best the community has had. Aside from the numerous entrants in the parade on the ground, there were two special visitors in the sky as well. A hot air balloon and a vintage aircraft each made appearances during the festivities.
The folks of Possum town watched eagerly all along the parade route, coming to the ends of driveways and lining the streets.
"There were people at the end of every driveway waiting to see Santa Claus," McFarland said.
Staff Writer Kimberly Jordan can be reached at 444-3952 exit. 16 or by e-mail at email@example.com.