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A weekend of parades

Posted: December 17, 2013 5:35 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Three parades held in two days drew thousands to line Kershaw County’s streets. Saturday saw the Kershaw County Christmas Parade, while Sunday brought both the Boykin Christmas Parade and -- due to a 24-hour rain delay -- the Lights of Lugoff Parade.

People lined along Broad Street from Laurens Street to Rhame Arena to watch the Kershaw County Parade. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liz Horton said this year’s theme was “Santa’s Workshop.” Horton said the Chamber asked kindergarten through fifth-graders from throughout the Kershaw County School District to come up with a theme. Of the themes submitted, the chamber randomly selected Austin McCaskill’s third-grade class’ theme. McCaskill is a teacher at Midway Elementary School in Cassatt. The class was invited to ride on the Grand Marshal float, Horton said.

The 20th annual Boykin Christmas parade experienced very high attendance this year. According to Wayne Belcher, who is part of the parade committee, turnout was estimated by counting cars parked in the various designated parking areas. He estimated “somewhere between 9,000 to 12,000 people” watched this year’s parade.

Belcher said the parade was also successful this year because so many children attended.

“It’s a way to spread Christmas cheer and get people excited about the holidays and it was so wonderful to see so many people from the community come out,” he said.

Belcher said he is surprised and delighted each year by the creativity displayed by each float that is entered into the parade. People really go all out, he said. Belcher said his mother-in-law, Alice Boykin, “laughed more this year than ever before.”

Entries such as Hank Kerfoot’s float that parodied Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” proved to be especially entertaining and exciting for all parade-goers. Belcher and the committee were very pleased with this year’s parade and are “hoping for an even better 21st year,” Belcher said.

Finally, several the Lugoff Optimist Club handed out awards to designers of floats for Sunday night’s Lights of Lugoff Parade. They included: Best Overall Entry -- Lugoff House of Pizza; Best Overall Non-Professional Float -- New Life Christian Outreach; Frank Rabon Spirit Award -- The Tumble Tree; Performance Award -- Patterson School of Dance; Best Use of Lights -- Debbie Branham for Probate Judge; Best School Entry -- Wateree Elementary; Best Church Entry -- Sandhill Heights Baptist Church; Best Civic Group Entry -- Cub Scout Pack 195; and Optimist Choice Award -- Lugoff Fire Department.

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