A Big Jingle
McKenzie kicked off its annual Christmas celebration over the week with events at Bethel University and downtown. Dr. Bryan Merrick was honored as the grand marshal of. The community recently showed its love and support for Dr. Merrick in his successful battle against Medicare administrators. McKenzie Lions Club members were also honored as grand marshals for their many years of hosting the Hometown Christmas event.
The very popular Twinkle Ball was held at the Vera Low Center at Bethel University on Wednesday, November 29. Followed by the City of McKenzie’s opening ceremony on Friday with caroling and a tree lighting at the Farmers Market.
On Saturday, December 2, the First United Methodist Church held the Breakfast with Santa. Beta Sigma Phi hosts this event each year to the delight of many area children. Breakfast in Bethelem was at Calvary Tabernacle on Stonewall Street.
At 1 p.m., the Big Jingle Parade rolled through the streets of McKenzie. Other events included the Mistletoe Market, Parade of Trees, cookie decorating, horse-drawn carriage rides sponsored Carroll Bank and Trust, a reading of the Night Before Christmas, and a holiday magic performance at the Park Theater.
1. McKenzie Marching Rebels performed during the parade. 2. Vocalists, musicians, and actors performed to sold-out audiences at the Dickey Fine Arts Building on Bethel’s campus. 3. Matthew Holt, executive director of Renaissance, at the keyboard as the choir performs. 4. Cooper Sawyers of Gleason enjoys batting at the inflatables adjacent to McKenzie Fire Department. 5. Smokey Bear enjoyed participating in the parade. 6. David Featherston displays a bag of freshly roasted coffee at the Farmers Market. He and wife, Sara roast on their front porch. They are working to raise funds to adopt a child. 7. Reni Toombs and Amanda Jones work at their booth selling skincare products by Rodan and Fields. They were at the Farmers Market. 8. Rachel Cooper works at the Scentsy booth in the Farmers Market. Rachel recently made the business her full-time career. 9. McKenzie Lions Club was the grand marshal to honor club members for the long-time sponsorship of the Hometown Christmas. 10. Overflow Church. 11. Calvary Tabernacle was the third place winner in the parade with their puppet ministry. 12. City officials rode in a wagon in the parade. 13. Greater Enon Baptist Church was the first place winner with the “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in memory of Vera Gilbert. 14. Casey’s General Store won second with their Christmas-themed float.