Magic of Christmas celebrated in Dayton


This year’s Christmas parade in Dayton, TN, brought the “Magic of Christmas” to all. This year had a record number of vendors and a really good turnout from the Rhea County Schools. “With the addition of Rhea County’s new high school, we were really trying to celebrate education in this year’s theme”, says MainStreet Dayton Executive Director Anna Tromahauser. Rhea County School Superintendent Jerry Leavengood was given the honor of being this year’s Grand Marshal of the Parade.

Rhea County schools were well represented this year as groups including the Eagle Anglers, Rhea County Football team, cheerleaders, and bands participated in the event. The Eagle Anglers, headed by coach Bryan Derlak, marched in the parade carrying fishing rods and tossed gummy worms to the crowd which lined the street. The Golden Eagle football team pulled the Rhea County Homecoming Court wagon through the parade. The “2013 Best Wagon Award” was taken by Rhea Central Elementary School.

The 2013 Christmas Critters pet contest had a huge turnout this year. The contest was organized by Village Pet, a full-service pet shop in Dayton. The Rhea County Animal Shelter had a booth with pets for adoption. The “Best Christmas Critter” award went to Beach & Sons Stables’ miniature horses.

Special thanks to Anna Tromahauser and MainStreet Dayton for organizing a another great event.

“Magic of Christmas” Contest Winners

  • “Best Wagon / Buggy” – Rhea Central Elementary
  • “Best Costume” – Longview Farms
  • “Best Christmas Critter” – Beach & Sons Stables for their miniature horses.
  • “Best Christmas Theme” – Facepainting by Gran-D
  • 4th and 5th Grade Poster winners – 4th Grader Hadley Hammock and 5th Grader MaKenzie Lingerfelt

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Photos by Gary Bolden

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