Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – The Christmas season in Marshall County kicked off Friday with the lighting of Mike Miller Park. Benton and Calvert City will keep the spirit of the season going with each city’s respective parade being set for Saturday.
The Benton Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. The parade route will go from 6th and Main Streets and run to 13th Street.
Later the same day, one of western Kentucky’s longest consecutive running parades will have a new look. The 52nd annual Calvert City Lions Club Christmas parade will be a little different this year.
“This is the first year we’ve done the lighted parade,” said event co-chair Jon King. “I’ve received general calls of people that are going to be in the parade, but we don’t require any type of advanced sign up.”
King serves as co-chair with councilman Bob Futrell.
The parade is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. The Calvert City Lions Club is encouraging all participants to use lights to accent their entries. A cash prize for “best use of lights” will be offered in addition to other categories.
The parade will run to Memorial Park where the community is invited for hot dogs, warm drinks and the lighting of the Christmas tree. King said the decision to move to a night-time parade was in part an effort to compliment festivities in the park.
Calvert City resident and business owner Loyd Ford has been selected as the parade’s grand marshal. Ford is the owner of The Lake News and is a founding member of the Calvert Area Development Association, which is organizing post parade festivities in Memorial Park.
Ford will be joined on the parade route by his wife Teri, a retired teacher from Calvert City Elementary School.
Parade lineup is set to start at 4:30 p.m. in the Pathway Baptist Church parking lot. The theme this year is “Stories of Christmas.” For more information, phone Jon King at 395-4462.
n The Marshall County Arts Commission will hold its annual celebration Sounds of Christmas on Dec. 4. The event will be held in the Shadowen Performing Arts Center on the Marshall County High School campus, beginning at 2 p.m.
Judge Executive Mike Miller will serve as Master of Ceremonies, while Steve Son will be the program’s narrator.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Marshall County Exceptional Center.
n The fourth annual Dickens’ Christmas is set for December 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the alleyway off Benton’s court square.
The event takes patrons back in time to the time of Charles Dickens, author of “A Christmas Carol.” Revelers bring the era to life with ‘Ye Old Pub, The Sweet Shoppe, ‘Ye Old Pigge and The Bakery. Story-telling and carolling are also to be featured this year.
Benton Main Street will also be holding a fundraising chili supper at the former Main Street Java building from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.