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Country Christmas
Big Thicket Messenger - November 2007

Country Christmas is coming!
Yes, the holidays are upon us once again. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year and Country Christmas is a very special event. You and your family are invited to attend this very special family event Tuesday, November 27 in Liberty and Thursday, November 29, in Dayton.

The festivities begin with a lighted parade at 6:00 p.m. each night. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the front of the parade in their sleigh, which is covered with many lights and pulled by a team of attractive reindeer.

The Liberty Parade (November 27th) will line up on Grand Street at the football stadium parking lot. The parade will proceed east on Grand, south on Travis Street, west on Sam Houston, continuing past the Cultural Center. Parade participants may continue west on Sam Houston to the Post Office or other pre-arranged areas to be picked up. Sandra Sterling will again announce the parade from her position on the float in front of City of Liberty Municipal Complex.

Following the parade, Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett will welcome everyone to the festivities at the Vara Faye Martin Daniel Pavilion at Liberty Center. Complimentary pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be made at this location.

Young dancers and twirlers will perform and Christmas music will be played inside Liberty Center while refreshments  of hot chocolate and cookies will be served (at no charge to all those attending). The Liberty Independent School District will have a food booth located in the parking lot next to A’dair & Company, with a variety of goodies for sale. Near the Liberty Center parking area, wagons filled with riders will make their way through the historic residential area.

Again this year after the parade, there will be wagon rides originating from the Festival area, through the residential area nearby. Robert Tinney will again have his wagon at the events, along with Johnny Shafer and Ronald Patterson, who will be driving the wagon and mule team, formerly owned by Bobby Joe Lunceford. Bobby Joe now residents at Liberty Health Center and he and other residents will be riding this very familiar wagon.

The Dayton Parade will be held Thursday, November 29, beginning at 6:00 p.m. from South Cleveland Street. Parade participants will locate at Woodrow Wilson Junior High on Highway 146 south. The parade will line up and proceed through the road between the campuses, turning north on South Cleveland, east on Houston Street, south on Main and east on Young, ending on South Cleveland Street.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead the Dayton Parade, proceeding afterward to the festival area at First Baptist Church, Dayton Family Life Center, located at Church and Houston Streets. Dayton Mayor Steve Stephens will welcome the crowd and begin the festivities. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at no charge, while the crowd is entertained with Christmas music.

Wagon rides will originate from the area in front of the Family Life Center to carry riders through the residential area nearby.

Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber directors, members and volunteers work very fast and hard to organize and make Country Christmas a great event for everyone. Without the many volunteers and sponsors, this event could not happen.

For more information call the Chamber at (936) 336-5736 or e-mail: chamber@imsday.com.






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