All Creatures Great and Small
by Luke Osteen
With its theme of “All Things Bright & Beautiful, All Creatures Great & Small,” the Cashiers Christmas Parade marches through the Crossroads on Saturday, December 14.
Serving as Grand Marshal this year is the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, which is celebrating the 100th property preserved, its 115th anniversary of Plateau conservation and the 15th year of Jackson County land conservation. In fact many of the beautiful natural treasures scattered throughout the Cashiers Valley are still with us thanks to the Land Trust and the generosity of local families.
The one-mile parade route starts on Highway 107 South and heads North towards the Cashiers Crossroads where participants are announced to the crowd. The parade then turns left on US Hwy 64 heading West and ends at the intersection of Frank Allen Road at the Cashiers Community Center.
A panel of impartial judges, who maintain that their votes cannot be swayed with the promise of sugar plums or candy canes, will be stationed at the Crossroads and will be scrutinizing entrants for the awarding of a rigorous assortment of awards:
The Cashiers Christmas Star, honoring the entry displaying the best overall creativity, appearance and originality;
The Elfin Magic Award, honoring the best entry featuring children;
The Holiday Spirit Award, awarded to the entry with the most enthusiastic participants;
The Tin Soldier Award, honoring the best marching or walking entry;
The Cashiers Caroling Award for the best musical performance;
The Santa’s Sleigh Award, honoring the entry with the best theme in motion as a float or other motorized vehicle;
The Vintage Vehicle Award for the best car or truck display;
Rudolph’s Friends Award, honoring the best entry featuring animals;
And, this being Cashiers, there’s the Fruitcake Award for the entry with the most humorous display.
It all adds up to a loveable show that’s the perfect embodiment of a Small Town Christmas Celebration.
A community luncheon hosted by Cashiers Cares and featuring displays by local charities will take place at the Cashiers Community Center following the parade. Everyone is invited.
For more information, or to enter the parade, call the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce at (828) 743-5191.