12/7/2017 4:09:00 PM Christmas arrives in downtown McArthur
Santa Claus was the star of the Christmas in Downtown celebration in McArthur held Saturday night on the downtown village streets. (Telegram Photos By Red Thompson, Jr.)
The 2017 Wild Turkey Festival Royal Court, consisting of Queen Rianna Fee (center), First Runner-up Jakelyn Brown (left), and Second Runner-up Kerrigan McComas, are shown riding through the Christmas in Downtown Parade.
It was a busy Saturday evening in McArthur's downtown business district as the annual Christmas in Downtown event unfolded. The theme this year was "Christmas through the Years" and more than 30 businesses and organizations took part by selling items, offering discounts, or providing free food. The McArthur Police Department also sponsored a bean and cornbread dinner as well.
The event is sponsored by the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce as a type of Black Friday event mostly for restaurants and convenience stores in the downtown sector. There were many interesting items included in this year's event such as an old-fashioned hot dog cart operated by the Downtown Dogs Business. There were also popcorn and candy stands available, as well as hot chocolate drinks. Several famous Christmas characters were on hand as well such as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus.
The Wild Turkey Festival Queen and Court consisting of Queen Adriana Fee, First Runner-up Jakelyn Brown, and Second runner-up Carrigan McComas rode in the grade parade. There were several other queens from local and area festivals participating as well. There were also many old vehicles and tractors, and parade entries depicting an old-time Christmas and the birth of Christ. The Vinton County High School Band, under the direction of Kevin Niece, provided musical entertainment as well.
Overall, the event went well and there was a cheerful mood in downtown McArthur. For more on Vinton County events, log on to vintontravel.com.