EARLIER: Shelby County Christmas Parade set for Saturday

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Kramer named Grand Marshall

By Scotty McDaniel

Time to grab your coats and watch some floats.

The Shelby County Christmas Parade will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m. along Main Street. There is no fee to enter the parade, and all Shelby County organizations and businesses can register a float or group up until Friday.

Charlie Kramer was selected to be Grand Marshall of the parade. Kramer has been the Shelby County Tourism Director for 16 years and lives in Simpsonville. He said being selected Grand Marshall is something he never imagined.

“I just think it’s neat. I’ve been to parades in Louisville and used to march in parades when I was in high school, and I used to think it was interesting who the people were they selected to be Grand Marshals,” he said. “I never in my life thought about me being the one riding in the car that says ‘Grand Marshal.’ I’m pleased and honored.”

Kramer said the Christmas parade is a special event for the county.

“I think it ties everything together. I think it ties the season together with the community and downtown. It just brings everyone together. I think parades are truly community events,” he said.

At 10 a.m., the sheriff and the Shelbyville police will bring in a unit to stop traffic and lead the parade. Any side street that feeds directly into Main Street will be closed for the parade.

Parade participants will launch from Village Plaza, the fairgrounds and the last units will start from the Webb Funeral Home parking lot. The best view for parade watchers is along Main Street after the 1100 block.

This year’s theme, “What does Christmas mean to you?” allows participants to create their own themes.

Three judges from outside the county will decide which participants best demonstrate their theme. There will be a first place and runner up winner in four different categories; Government/Government entity, Business/Industry, Churches/Schools, and Civic groups (Boy/Girl Scouts, etc.) The judges will also pick one winner as the Grand Champion Over All Award. Trophies will be awarded at the Courthouse, where the parade route begins to dissolve.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger will judge and present the Shelby County Government Award, and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty will judge and present the City of Shelbyville Award.

The event is sponsored by Shelby County Government, Shelbyville Government and the Shelby County Fire Department.

For more information, contact the Shelby County Fire Department, any weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 633-6648.