The holidays have arrived and things are looking a lot like normal around Scott County after a year of COVID-19 cancellations. Decorations were being hung all last week and the 79th Annual Forest Christmas Parade, always a crowd pleaser, is set to roll at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.
In Sebastopol A Small Town Open House runs Thursday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 4 followed by a Small Town Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bishop Park.
The Lake Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 p.m. and in Morton the annual Christmas Parade will begin Monday night, Dec. 6 at 6:00.
The Forest parade, sponsored by the Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of the most popular holiday events in the area, drawing large crowds every year. The theme for the Forest parade is Christmas Around the World. There are three float divisions.
• Red is Industries, Large Businesses, Hospitals, and Banks.
• Green is Small businesses
• Blue is Clubs, Civic Organizations, and Churches.
There will also be a Band Division, Vehicle Division (not float division), Cars, Pickup Trucks, and Tractors.
The judging of floats is based on the entry’s interpretation of the parade theme using the following criteria:
b. Effort in Preparation
c. Overall Design and Appearance
In Morton the theme is Parade of Lights and categories are:
• Red Division — Religious.
• Green Division — Business/Commercial.
• Gold Division — Civic/Organizations.
• Pageant Winner — Car will be judged.
Line-up for judging in Morton is at 4:30 p.m. and the judging is at 5:00.