Help pick parade grand marshal
• Trevor, the longest resident of the Liberty Humane Shelter
• The soldier of the year
• A firefighter, first responder, EMS worker and police officer
• Municipal leaders
• State elected officials
Vote by Oct. 1 at www.libertycounty.org.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently announced the schedule for its 2011 Christmas events.
The chamber will host the annual Christmas in the Park event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in downtown Hinesville’s Bradwell Park. The event culminates with the lighting of the community Christmas.
Santa’s reindeer will be on hand this year, as will jolly St. Nicholas to take photos with children.
During the same week, the chamber will host the 15th annual Illuminated Christmas Parade through downtown Hinesville.
After the committee debated ideas and solicited ideas on Facebook, the chamber decided upon this year’s theme: “A Storybook Christmas, Your Favorite Christmas Stories Come to Life.”
The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The parade route typically brings the entrants down Memorial Drive to General Screven, up Hendry Street to Main Street. At this time, there are no plans to change the route.
To participate in the parade or park activities, call the chamber at 368-4445. Application forms now are available for parade entries. The early-bird registration ends Oct. 14, at which time prices will increase for entries. No entries will be accepted after Nov. 30. Entry forms also are available at www.libertycounty.org.
Also new to the parade this year, the chamber is asking the public to help choose the grand marshal. Previously, the parade committee would make the decision. But this year, the public is being asked to go to www.libertycounty.org and vote.
The five choices are Trevor, the longest resident of the Liberty Humane Shelter; the soldier of the year; a firefighter, first responder, EMS worker and police officer; municipal leaders; and state elected officials. Voting closes
The committee also has named the commentators for this year’s parade. These are the personalities that will officiate as the parade is televised: Rene Harwell, director of marketing for Liberty Regional Medical Center; Verdell Jones, board member for the Liberty County School System; and Pastor Richard Hayes, president of the United Ministerial Alliance.