Sunny Skies Shine Over 67th Christmas Parade

Oneida, TN (2015-12-05) The 67th annual Scott County Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade officially kicked off the holiday season on Saturday, as hundreds of people crowded the parade route to get into the Christmas season.

The bright, warm afternoon sun was only eclipsed by the smiles, laughter and anticipation on the wide eyed faces of the hundreds of young children who stood along the parade route Saturday to witness the Scott County Chamber of Commerce parade.  The parade featured more than a dozen floats, both local high school bands, dozens of pageant winners, fire trucks, antique vehicles, and horses.

This year’s top honor went to Tony Litton, whose float titled “Elmo’s Christmas” earned the Judge’s Choice award.  Litton has been one of the parade’s longest tenured presenters, having entered the parade consistently for the last 25 years.

Other award winning floats included:

Traditional – 1st Place – “Home for the Holidays” by Tim and Zena Owens.  The float depicted an old time Christmas with folks gathered around the tree on Christmas morning to watch the children open their gifts.  2nd Place – Tenth Inning Cards’ “A Christmas Carnival” featured a 9 ft rotating ferries wheel and a rotating Christmas carousel.  3rd Place – “A Pioneer Christmas” by Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott.  The float showcased a pioneer family sitting around the fireplace stringing popcorn for their Christmas tree.

Religious –1st Place – “What CHRISTmas is really about” by Black Oak Baptist Church.  The float reminded everyone of the true meaning of Christmas—the cross, Christ, our sin, and our Savior.  2nd Place – “O Holy Night” presented by Bethlehem Baptist Church.  The float featured a traditional nativity scene.  3rd Place – “The Fiery Furnace: Our God is able to deliver” entered by the New Light Baptist Church.  The float showed King Nebuchadnezzar watching over the fiery furnace after having thrown the three Hebrew children into the flames.

Special – 1st Place –Scott Appalachian Industries, “Christmas with 101 Dalmatians”.  On the float, the Dalmatians gathered in and around their doghouse to hide from Cruella Deville.  2nd Place – “A Western Christmas” by the Big South Fork Saddle Club and For the Love of Paws.  The float represented the two organizations love for animals and their desire to share that love with others.  3rd Place – “Camping is Great!” entered by Boys Scout of America Venturing Crew, Troop and Pack 333.  The float depicted a camp out by the troops.