It's Parade time again. November 21th - 3pm.
The West Jefferson Holiday Parade will have a later 3 p.m. start this year, so as to encourage parade-goers to remain downtown for the inaugural lighting up of storefronts and light poles throughout the downtown.
Applications are available at Parker Tie and the Ashe Chamber of Commerce
As you can tell it was a hard decision to select the best this year!
There were so many entries that were outstanding.....every year is better than the last!
Congratulations to all. Hope everyone had fun! Merry Christmas!
Best Non Profit - Ashe County Shrine Club
Best Youth Float - Dancin' Debbie's
Best Commercial Float - State Employee's Credit Union
Honorable Mention - April's School of Dance
Honorable Mention - Bristol Baptist Church
Honorable Mention - Pleasant Chapel Baptist Church
Honorable Mention - Beaver Creek Baptist Church
The 2015 parade will begin moving forward at 2:45 am - Saturday November 21th. This will allow us to have the parade in the middle of town by 3pm .
The parade is co-sponsored by the West Jefferson Merchants Association and the Town of West Jefferson. The West Jefferson Lions Club provides the event organization, supervision and judging as a community service project.
Parker Tie Company is the corporate sponsor and provides all the funding for individual prize winners. Visit Parker Tie for all your lumber, electrical and plumbing needs. Be sure to thank them for their community spirit and contribution.
Specific locations are posted below and will be emailed to each parade entry. If you or your group want to be in the parade you are still welcome to participate.
The space numbers will be marked with orange paint Saturday morning.
If you have a float or group of people you can use the Ingles parking lot as an assembly area and to wait for the 2:30 lineup.
The line up - on the highway - begins promptly at 2:30 am - no sooner.
All antique cars will assemble at the back of the former Heritage Chevrolet lot and join the parade from that location. You do not have to be registered to enter an antique car - just show up. You will enter the parade when directed by a Lions Club member in a bright YELLOW VEST.
Please obey all rules of common sense around a parade and small unattended children.
A few rules still apply - No candy can be thrown from floats or vehicles. We will keep our community parade safe for all in West Jefferson.
Horses will be behind the fire trucks with the Cowboy Church. They are providing the cleanup this year. This is required by the Town of West Jefferson.
For judging purposes - please have the name of your group on each side of your entry. Minimum size 8 1/2" x 11 "
West Jefferson Lions Club
2015 Parade Lineup
Parker Tie Company……leads the way 2 minutes before parade starts
1 West Jefferson Police Department
2 ROTC Honor Guard
3 Ashe County High School ROTC - 50 Flag Unit
4 Grand Marshal and West Jefferson Centennial Commission entries:
Edith Jones – Grand Marshal
Centennial Banner walkers
1926 Pickup, period dress riders
Birthday cake Float
Ernie Carpenter Train w/ Centennial Commission riding
5 Ashe County Sheriff James Williams
6 Senator Virginia Foxx
7 NC House Representative Jonathan Jordan
8 High Country Detachment #1389 - Marine
9 WJ Fire Department Ladder Truck
13 Carolina West Wireless
16 Husky Vanguard Marching Band (74 band members)
17 Heritage Iron Club (30 cars enter from Short St near Buck Mtn Rd)
19 Dancin’ Debbies
21 1st/2nd Grade Ashe Co Huskies Football Team
22 Beaver Creek Baptist Church (44 ft length)
23 VFW – Bill Carter
24 PowerStroke Shop – Bill Carter
25 Western Carolina Eye Associates
26 Happy Tails Rescue of WJ
27 Bristol Baptist Church
28 April’s School of Dance
29 Pleasant Chapel Baptist Church Youth
30 Ashe Shriners
31 Girl Scout Troop 2892
32 Toddler Elite Miss Ashe County
33 Buffalo Baptist Church
34 Forest Ridge Assisted Living
35 Welcome Home Baptist Church Youth
36 Appalachian Off Road (Jeep Club)
37 Garnet Rose Soap Company
38 Jeff Turnmire Race Car
39 Clawson Racing
40 Big Laurel CCCU
41 MC Towing
43 Peak Creek Church of the Brethren Youth
44 Riverview Red Hatters
45 Silas Creek Baptist Church
46 Germain Media
46 The Fast Lane Graphics
47 High Country K-9 Cuts
48 Ashe County Transportation – 3 vehicles
49 Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV)
50 Bo Carter and Tony Combs side-by-sides
51 State Employees Credit Union
52 Village Inn Pizza
53 Appalachian Flooring & Tile & Phipps Construction
54 Bed Bath and a Bone
55 60s Mustang - Billie Jo Woodie
58 Ashe County Ford – 3 vehicles
61 Ashe County Rescue Squad (5 units)
66 Honor Guard
68 Fire Departments
71 American Emergency Vehicle (6 vehicles)
75 The Double G Farm (Unload @ Old Howells Feed Store )
Stay as far back as needed from sirens of Emergency Vehicles
77 Happy Trails Cowboy Church of Ashe - (Unload @ Old Howells Feed Store )
78 Destiny Edwards – Horses (3) - (Unload @ Old Howells Feed Store )
79 Other Horses - (Unload @ Old Howells Feed Store )
82 Santa on Seagraves Pumper