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Season's events are up and running

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By Tom Wilmoth

    They began lining the streets early. By noon, Centertown’s sidewalks were full of Bedford Christmas Parade watchers.

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    It was a perfect day as Bedford capped off its official kick-off to the Christmas season.
    Utilizing the theme, “A Blue Ridge Christmas,” a good mix of floats, bands and other units made their way through Bedford, passing out candy and spreading Christmas cheer.
    Awards were also on the line for some.

    The parade’s Best Overall award this year went to the Staunton River High School Marching Golden Eagles, who also won honorable mention as the best band unit.
    The entry chosen as Best Decorated Float went to the Goode Rescue Squad. The Best Theme Interpretation went to the Bedford Science and Technology Center entry while the Most Original Entry went to East Lake Medical Center.
    Honorable Mention entries called out for special recognition included the Timberlake Twirlers as Best Marching Unit; Montvale Cub Scouts as Best Scout entry; the Outlaw Gang as Best Equestrian entry; and the Orange Street Cruisers as the Best Classic Car Vehicle entry.
    “Bedford Main Street appreciates all of the parade entries and all of the many people who make the parade possible,” noted Executive Director Sue Montgomery.
    The holiday season actually officially began in Centertown the night before the parade with the Christmas tree lighting.
    And more awards were handed out from that, as well.
    Winners of the Bedford Main Street Christmas Tree Decorations contest were announced during the event in Centertown Friday night.
    First place went to Raven Deaner, a student at Bedford Middle School, who won a $10 gift card to be used in any of the stores or restaurants in Centertown.
    Second place was awarded to the entire class of high needs students at Jefferson Forest High School; third place went to Ashley Nicely of Bedford Middle School.
    “This is the first year Bedford Main Street has held a tree ornament contest, and it may become an annual event,” Montgomery noted. “All of the hand-made ornaments submitted for the contest were very well done.”
    The seasonal events will continue in Centertown each week leading up to Christmas.
    Santa will be at Santa Land, located on W. Main Street, each Friday before Christmas (Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21). JL Photography will be there each evening from 6 - 9 p.m. for picture taking.
    Also each Friday prior to Christmas - Dec. 7, 14, and 21 - in addition to Santa at Santa Land, there will be horse drawn carriage rides leaving between 6 and 9 p.m. from the Farmers Market. Tickets may be purchased at Bedford Hardware or at the Bedford Main Street office in advance. Adults - $4; children (12 and under) $2. Hot Chocolate and cookies will be available for purchase.
    For more information call Bedford Main Street at 540-586-2148.
    And next Friday, Dec. 14, the lights will be turned on at the Elks National Home, illuminating its annual display.