Grovetown City parade turns into first festival

Due to construction near City Hall, the Christmas spirit lives on as city officials host festival in place of parade.

GROVETOWN, Ga (WJBF) – Due to construction near City Hall, the Christmas spirit lives on as city officials host festival in place of parade.

It’s the season for the annual Grovetown parade and due to recent construction on Robinson Road near City Hall, had to be turned into a festival. Residents there said that wouldn’t stop them from having a the ultimate Christmas experience.

NewsChannel 6 got to speak with Grovetown City planner, Janet Wheatly to discuss the process with all of the planning that took place. Nine standing parade entries took place, which meant that the standing parade would stay in one location and you could walk by instead of it going by you. With 53 vendors in attendance it included crafting vendors, food vendors, direct sale businesses so that they had a variety. In addition to the new location, Santa Clause made a grand appearance with SNOW!

“It’s free admission, it doesn’t cost you anything to come, the only thing you need money for would be of course if you’re going to buy something from the vendors or any of the food”

Residents and vendors of the community were surprised over the 1,500 total outcome and hope that this can be an annual event for Grovetown.

“I’m actually pretty impressed, I didn’t think that it was going to be that many people coming and it seems like it’s a pretty good turnout,” Vendor Karina Wilson said.

“It’s been awesome i’ve met a lot of cool people, all the activities are really fun,” Grovetown resident Matteo Incorvaia added.

The Grovetown Major, Gary Jones said that the festival was something that the citizens needed to get closer together to get in the holiday spirit.

“We came up with an idea that we would try this festival out and hopefully will turn into an annual event where we can have the parade maybe midday, and then come straight down here for the festival,” Mayor Jones said.

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