Hemphill Lions Club 2020 “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” Christmas Parade
The annual Hemphill Lions Club Christmas Parade and associated festivities will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020. The Christmas spirit will be in the air when Santa arrives in Hemphill on a holiday float built at the North Pole by his helpers. Santa and Mrs. Claus are sure to be the highlight of the parade as they proceed to the courthouse square to meet the kids individually.
This year’s parade will again be held at night! The theme will be, “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and follow a traditional route south on Sabine Street (Highway 87) through town and on to the courthouse square.
Businesses, churches, school groups, civic organizations, trail riders, and individuals are encouraged to decorate a float, boat, car, truck, tractor, fire truck, bicycle, riding lawn mower, golf cart /ATV, dog (must be on a leash), or just walk along in order to help ring in the holiday season.
Decorations should match the parade’s theme. Entries can be designed around anything to do with Nativity Scenes, Wise Men and manger themes.
Those entering are encouraged to incorporate lights and holiday or Christmas music into their entries. Something as simple as taping a flashlight to a bicycle or wearing neon necklaces would work for lighting. People and organizations planning to have larger entries may want to use a small generator to really light up and sound up their floats, cars, fire trucks, or trailers.
The parade line up will begin at 5 p.m. at the Hemphill High School football field parking lot. There is no fee or advance registration required. Simply come to the parking lot by no later than 5:00 (earlier if possible). Entries will be judged in three categories - Commercial, Non-Commercial, and Youth. First, second, and third place winners in each category will be announced on the courthouse square and presented with an award for their efforts.
The Hemphill and West Sabine high school bands will march in the parade, and the Hemphill band and the Hemphill Elementary choir will perform Christmas music on the courthouse lawn following the parade.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will exit their float at the courthouse lawn immediately after the parade. Santa will be hearing Christmas wishes from the kids, and Mrs. Claus will be giving away candy. Parents are encouraged to snap a photo of their little one on Santa’s lap.
The Hemphill Lions will be serving hot dogs, sausages, and drinks. Local vendors wishing to display their wares can contact the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce at 409-787-2732.
A drawing for two boy’s bicycles and two girl’s bicycles will take place toward the end of the evening. The Sabine County Hospital is donating one bicycle, Rebecca Felts at Farmers Insurance in Hemphill is donating one bicycle and Fisherman’s Village in Hemphill is donating two bicycles. Entry tickets for the drawing are free for boys and girls 10 years old and younger, and the tickets may be obtained at the bicycle table on the courthouse lawn. Winners of the bikes must be present to receive their prizes.
The Hemphill Lions Club will also be conducting a raffle drawing that evening, with one winner getting a ATIG AR-15 9MM, another winner getting a Henry Golden Boy lever action 22 LR and another winner receiving $50. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase on the courthouse square until the time of the drawing, which will be the last item on the evening’s agenda. Winners will not have to be present at the drawing. All money collected from the raffle will go to Hemphill Lions services and charities.
So put on your best holiday attire, come out for a great time, and get the holiday season started right! Contact Lions Club President Lloyd Williams at 409-201-0392 or any Hemphill Lions’ Club member for more information.