Fairview Storybook Christmas Parade to light up downtown
By David Barkholz
The Fairview Storybook Christmas Parade this Saturday is expected to draw about 2,000 spectators and fun seekers as the community goes on display during the annual event.
The parade begins at Westwood Elementary School along State Route 100 at 4:30 p.m. and will wind its way through downtown to finish at SFEG, an electric components and motors company located across from the downtown fire station.
Radio station 101.5 The One FM & WDKN will cover the festivities live starting at 4:15 p.m. from the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant on SR 100.
Santa Claus, of course, will anchor the parade perched on a wagon pulled by a mule team, said Brian Wutz, Executive Director of the Fairview Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is hosting the parade.
In keeping with this year’s storybook theme, more than a dozen floats will be decorated with lights to reflect such Christmas classics as The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the Nutcracker.
“The community really enjoys this event,” Wutz said.
St. Vincent de Paul, a Fairview charity assisting the less fortunate, will dress its float with the Peanuts theme. The float is being sponsored by Pinnacle Landscaping and Turf.
Parade onlookers will be entertained by the Fairview High School Marching Band, the Fairview Middle School Dance Team and the honor guard of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Wutz said. In all, 42 organizations will participate in the parade. Of course, fire trucks and emergency vehicles will be on full display.
Floats will be judged at 3 p.m. at Westwood Elementary School with awards meted out for best float representing the storybook theme; best business entry; and People’s Choice, Wutz said.
The parade provides the community and its businesses with a chance to draw people downtown for a fun family event that showcases what Fairview has to offer, he said.
Broadcasting the parade live will be a thrill, said Kenneth Forte, co-owner of R&F Communications, the parent company of 101.5 The One FM and WDKN in Dickson.
“It’s a great opportunity to support our friends and business partners in Fairview,” said Forte, who will host the live broadcast with Bert Hester, the voice of Fairview high school sports.