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Webster Christmas

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By Martin Steele

By Martin Steele

 

 

It’s that time of year when Sumter communities celebrate the season with holiday events. Webster is among them and has for years has livened the town with a nighttime parade that brought out hundreds – kids, families, retirees and all – to enjoy the festivities.

 

Saturday’s parade through the city was no exception to that. But, city organizers did make a few changes this year. While the parade kicked-off just about the time darkness settled in, the fun activities like entertainment and visits with Santa were moved up to an earlier time slot.

 

This year, oak-shaded Central Avenue – Webster’s historic “downtown” was turned into a park-like venue for musical entertainment and fun-filled activities for the youngsters. Things got underway about 3 p.m. this year so parents wouldn’t have to deal with wrangling the little ones so late into the evening.

 

While many of the adults visited and enjoyed the harmonious tunes of The Story Brothers (Dan and Randy) and some Christmas songs from the Mt. Pisgah Church’s youth choir, the kids were having their fun with hula-hoop contests, a bounce house and dunking booth. It appeared that the city’s entire staff, including some elected officials, was out there lending a hand with all the activities.

 

A little later in the afternoon, Santa made his appearance in the Webster Community Building to here the wishes of the youngsters and to hand out candy canes. That brought in throngs of families who were also treated to hot chocolate and cookies.

 

And, after all that, they still had a parade to watch.