July 24, 2021

Candy Cane Christmas Highlights

[gpslideshow] Candy Cane Christmas (December 2, 2011)

An estimated crowd of about 2,000 people were on the town square in Franklin last Friday night for the Small Town Candy Cane Christmas Festival and Parade.

The many children that lined the streets seemed to especially enjoy the parade which had over 50 entries with of course the most important to the kids being Mr. And Mrs. Santa Claus.

Also a big hit was the appearance of the Grinch this year. Several judges from neighboring communities were on hand to judge the floats and business decorations.

The winner of the best storefront this year went to The News and Banner. In the float category, Heard Wesley United Methodist Church took home 1st prize and the Princess Pointe School of Dance took home 2nd place.

The judges were Lagrange City Council member Norma Tucker, Bowdon City Manager Jimmy Meigs, Hogansville Mayor Jimmy Jackson, Grantville Mayor Jim Sells, and the Reverend Oliver Wood of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Newnan.

After the parade the townspeople enjoyed lots of great food from various vendors as well as shopping for Christmas gifts from all the arts and crafts vendors. The children headed straight for the gazebo to have their pictures taken with Santa Claus and the Grinch.

Rodney East and Christy Rhea were on hand to take photos. Dutch Cummings was also on hand to film the parade for TV-33 out of Lagrange and this video will also be posted later here at HeardCitizen.com.

Police Chief Kevin Hannah reported no major incidents during the event and Ms. Judy Miller released the folllowing statement after the festivities were completed:

The Chattahoochee Christmas Planning Committee (Teresa Chapman, Myra Braswell, Sarah Almond, June Jackson, Trina Ord, Kathy Knowles, Lisa Dennis, Judy Miller, Dinah Rowe, Julie Pope,  Kevin Hannah and Jimmy Knight) would like to thank everyone who had a part in our wonderful Candy Cane Christmas celebration. 

 We had help from Heard County, the City of Franklin and the Chamber of Commerce to be able to decorate the town, have a parade with over 50 entrants and offer 50 booths around the square.  

We thank the area newspapers, Franklin News Break and HeardCitizen.com websites and Eagle 102.3 who faithfully advertised our event.

Thanks also goes to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and the Grinch for adding fun to the activities.  Special thanks to Sheriff Henry, Keith Jenkins and Robert Nelms for  their contributions.

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