“Cove’s 22nd annual Christmas Xtravaganza parade and reception with Santa Claus was a great success. Even with the uncertain weather, there was a large crowd in attendance,” reported Cove Mayor Joan Headley.
The parade winners were presented trophies and ribbons from J.R. Graphics. The “Overall” trophy went to Scott Sawyer’s float “Candyland”. First place was won by Cove First Baptist Church, second place went to the Red Neck Fire Truck, and third place was jointly won by Little Miss Vandervoort and Miss Melanoma Awareness Prevention Program Queen.
“We would like to express our gratitude to Cub Scout Pack 78 who acted as our Color Guard, Rich Mountain Community College, and the All Around 4H group for their participation in our parade. And of course, we cannot leave out the fire departments – Cove Rural, Vandervoort, and the Town of Cove,” said Headley.
At the reception, Santa talked with about 100 children who had waited to see him. The beautiful cakes donated by Walmart brought “oohs” and “aahs” from everyone, while the cookies donated by Subway and James Super Save disappeared faster than you could say “Merry Christmas.” “The delectable desserts prepared by our very talented local bakers were enjoyed by one and all,” smiled Headley.
She added, “We would like to extend our thanks to the Polk County Sheriff’s office who provided traffic control, to our very capable servers, the parade judges, the decorating committee from the Cove branch of the Polk County Library, and everyone else who helped make this event so spectacular.”