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Goshen parade still open

It’s only two days away, but there’s still time to enter the Goshen Christmas Parade.

At 6 p.m. Friday Goshen will kick off its holiday season with its annual Christmas parade along the town’s streets.

Town Clerk Traci Shaver said only 22 participants have entered the parade so far, but people can come as late as 5:30 p.m. Friday to be a part of the festivities.

“If they don’t call ahead, you can just get them to fill in the line,” Shaver said.

The Christmas parade will feature all types of floats, people in cars, in a float or on foot.

The floats will be entered in a contest, and prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place winners for $100, $75 and $50, respectively.

But the Christmas parade won’t be the only activity of the night.

Beginning at 5 p.m., camp stew will be served from the Annex building.

Food will be served throughout the evening.

Shaver said there is still time to enter the Camp Stew Cook off. Anyone interested should contact Mary Linton or Carter Sanders.

And, after the parade, people will be invited to gather in the Town Hall for a play and an awards ceremony.

Winners of the poster contest will be announced. The overall winner, who had his design printed on the back of the Christmas t-shirts was Brock Snyder, a third-grader at Goshen Elementary School. Other winners were kindergarten, Garrett Law; first grade, Graham Massey; and second grade, Lydia Harrison.

Also, members of the Pee Wees, Mighty Mights, their cheerleaders and the Eagletts majorette group will be recognized by the Mayor Jack Waller.

The GES Drama Club will also perform a few acts of its Christmas play after the award ceremony.

The evening will conclude with a bonfire at 8 p.m.

Shaver said the town is looking for a larger crowd this year than before, and she encourages everyone in Pike County to come out and join in the holiday fun.

“It really has been a lot of fun, and it really has grown each year,” Shaver said. “We’re hoping this year will be even better.”