By JB Clark
Rain held off Saturday for Sherman and Guntown residents to get into the Christmas spirit. The cold, however, did not.
The temperature dropped into the 30s by the start of Guntown’s 6 p.m. Christmas parade where portable heaters and children watching from their cars was a common sight.
Guntown’s parade was judged this year and Saltillo High School won the best band award, followed by Guntown Middle School and Baldwyn High School.
Journey Church’s float was named the best float with its “Home for the Holidays” theme. The float featured a mother reading to her children in a rocking chair by the fireplace and, just outside the door, their dad, a soldier, was coming home for the holidays.
The city of Guntown’s Santa float was awarded second place, and third place went to Momma Hazel’s Pizza Pit, which featured cooks spinning pizza dough in a festively decorated kitchen.
The crowd favorite among the children was a go-cart made to look like a semitrailer. “I liked that little truck,” said Toby Wheat, 4.
Winners were given a cash prize, $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third.
Earlier in the afternoon, the cold didn’t temper the excitement of Ben Inman, 3, when Santa wished him a merry Christmas from a float in the town of Sherman’s 2 p.m. Christmas parade. “Santa is here!” he shouted.
Even with the afternoon parade’s slightly warmer weather, many spectators chose to watch the parade from the warmth of their cars parked along the route.
Longtime Sherman resident L.N. Tollison served as Sherman’s grand marshal with his wife, Norma.
“It was a little cool out but it was alright,” he said. “It was smaller than it has been in the past but it was still nice and we enjoyed it.”