ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED BY J. KEITH WORD – DJ/EMCEE FOR THE PARADE|
WOW what a truly wonderful Rock Run Christmas Parade today. 265 total entries today. We started on time at 2:00 and we finished at 4:00 before dark and before the rain. The good Lord was good to us today with a beautiful day for a parade. I met people today from Rome, from Cave Spring, from Rockmart, from Marietta, and from Birmingham.
Thanks to so many wonderful folks today for their help: Sheriff Jeff Shaver & the Cherokee SO for all their help with traffic; Spring Garden Fire Chief Butch Jacobs & the SG Fire Department for all their help with traffic control; to Mr. James Lowery with Cherokee EMA for all his help with traffic control; to the Rock Run Baptist Church & everyone who prepared soups, Chilies, deserts, and provided drinks; to the Union Grove United Methodist Church for all the sweets & pastries after the parade; to all the volunteers who assisted the parade committee in any way; to Cleburne County Probate Judge Ryan Robertson and Spring Garden’s own Quinton Kirk for their beautiful music & singing; to District 39 State Representative Ginny Shaver for getting Governor Kay Ivey to prepare the Resolution for the wonderful Rock Run & Spring Garden Communities; to Cherokee County Probate Judge Tim Burgess for being with us at the parade today; to Fox 6 News Meteorologist Wes Wyatt for serving as our Grand Marshall for our parade today; Spring Garden Principal Mike Welsh for supporting our parade today; to Cherokee County Board of Education Board President Brian Jennings for your support of our parade today; to Mr. Jerry Baker with WEIS Radio for your support of our parade & for covering the parade today; to Mrs. Kaylee Ward for lining up her father to bring the Talladega International Motor Speedway Pace Car; to the two groups of the Son’s of the Confederacy chapter from Turkey Town & the Marching group as well; to Ag Pro of Piedmont for providing the Gators to assistance with traffic today & for so many entries in our parade today; to Blake Broome for all his entries today; to Roy & Troy Beecham for being with us today; to Tommy Roberts & April Doss for all their entries today; to the Cave Spring ATV Club for the 30 entries today; to Franklin Graham & the Marching Kazoo Band today; to all the Cherokee & DeKalb County Fire Departments with us today (about 13); to Piedmont Fire Department for being with us today; to several groups of Shriners (4) with us today; to the Piedmont Rescue Squad & Chief Josh Wright/Floyd County Rescue Services & Christa McDaniel/ and to the Cherokee County Rescue Squad; to Ms. Tammy Amos with Grace Point Church/Cherokee County Children’s Christmas Association for everything they do for a Cherokee’s County Underprivileged children; to the Gideon’s of Cherokee County for all the Bible’s y’all gave away today; to all the Classic Car Clubs with us today; to the Cherokee County Wranglers Jeep Chapter for all their beautiful Jeep’s in our parade today; to Jamie & Ramie Thacker & Friends for the beautiful Horses in the parade today; to the Spring Garden High School Cheerleaders & FFA for being in our parade today; to Ellis Ag for your heavy equipment today in our parade; to all the many, many others in our parade today from classic cars, trucks, tractors, jeeps, Four Wheelers, Three Wheelers, ATV’s , Razors & Polaris, Mini-Bikes, Bicycles, & pet walkers who joined us in our parade today.
Also thanks to everyone who came out today and watched our parade.
I also had the privilege to recognize several Honorary Mayors in several of our respective communities. And thanks to the Piedmont Downtown Business Entry with all the downtown business’s on your huge sign. We are so sorry some of y’all were treated so badly but thankful y’all chose to come be with us in Rock Run.
Special thanks to the Lozahatchee Lodge Number 97 of F&A Masons for the donation of the little boys and little girls bikes for us to give to a deserving boy and girl today.
Thanks to everyone who flew your American Flags today & to all those who threw out candy & stuffed animals today. It was an outstanding day in Rock Run, Alabama with Ginny Shaver reading the Resolution from Governor Kay Ivey recognizing the Spring Garden/Rock Run communities for their success with the parade over the years. And the last big surprise when I had the Honor & Privilege to present the framed picture of President Donald J. Trump that he mailed to me personally after I invited him to attend our parade on July 11th of this year & for me to read the gracious letter President Trump mailed to me reckoning the Famous Rock Run Christmas Parade & the success over the years for the communities.
It was an honor for me to have it & I will be presenting both the framed & matted President’s Picture with the letter & the Governor’s Resolution once I get it framed & matted to present to the Rock Run Baptist Church to hang in their beautiful Church. It was truly an honor and privilege for me to once again serve as the “Master of Ceremonies today for the parade. God Bless all of you and may God Bless our great Nation.