Christmastime in DeQuincy

By Lillian Karr, Chamber Manager

Over the past week a number of Christmas Activities have been celebrated in DeQuincy. We started Wednesday, Nov. 30, with the arrival of the KCS Holiday Express Train. The event was well received with 3,600 people boarding the Holiday Train. Also our thanks to the following for providing Christmas music for the entertainment of the festival: Singers of the Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy, Cheryl Smith member of Hargrove Pentecostal Church, the Quartet of Bro. Harris Church, singers of the First United Pentecostal Church, Jordan and Amanda Mothershed and the Sondra Stark Dancers.

We also appreciate the many vendors providing food and crafts. This certainly added to the Christmas Spirit.

Then on Saturday, Dec 3, the Christmas Parade traveled through town. We had approximately 40 enteries and appreciate all who participated.

The winners of the parade are: 1st place float Evergreen Church, 2nd place float Hargrove Christmas Queens; 1st place vehicle Matilda Boyette, Jr Miss Merry Christmas, 2nd place vehicle Isabella Ceasar, DeQuincy Homecoming Queen, 3rd place vehicle Gabrielle Harris, Railroad Fest Queen, and 4th place vehicle Natalie Franks, Miss Merry Christmas; ATV The Paul Stewart family with the Grinch. Honorable mention went to City of DeQuincy float and the Veterans float.

Would you believe there was snow at the Union Pacific ballpark Saturday afternoon. Many kids braved the weather to slip and slide in the snow. enjoying throwing snow balls and dancing in the snow. Santa was also on hand for those many pictures.

Then the snow was followed by fireworks that lit the sky.

The DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce extends many thanks to all who helped to make these events a success. Our thanks to Mayor Riley Smith and the City of DeQuincy, The Ward 6 Recreation Board for Santa and administering the snow, Johnny Copeland and DeQuincy Fire Dept. for the presentation of the fireworks, the DeQuincy News for publicity, Brandon Fruge and Equipment Share for lightning at the ballpark and the DeQuincy High School Band.

The Chamber asks that if possible shop DeQuincy and support our local merchants.