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Frankfort Main Street Christmas Parade boasts 44 entries

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

The advance crew for the Main Street Frankfort Christmas Parade was busy early afternoon Saturday along South Main Street and in the Purdue Extension parking lot on South Jackson Street setting up roadblocks and traffic cones and checking in parade entries.

The organization had perfect weather for the parade and the activities afterward, with temperatures sitting comfortably in the 50s and a clear blue sky.

Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe distributed cones from the back of his pickup truck, and Main Street President Joe Palmer and member Cindy Chambers traveled from downtown on Main Street and Main Avenue to the Extension parking lot to assess that the route was set up so the 44 parade entries could line up safely.

“This is the first year I’ve had to go home and put on sunscreen,” said Tom Crawford, who held a clipboard with sheets numbered 1-44 listing all of the parade participants. 

“Girl Scout Troop No. 767? You’re number 17,” he told Junior Scout Leader Kristin Waltman, who was participating in her second parade. 

“The girls love it,” said Waltman. “I think they just like showing off because all their friends go and wave at them. The spotlight’s on them.”

Troop No. 767, which meets at Blue Ridge Elementary and Green Meadows Intermediate, had also invited a Daisy and Brownie troop to walk with them. Waltman also extended an invitation to any fourth-graders who want to join the troop; they can contact her at 765-357-5307 or go online to the Girl Scout of Central Indiana web site to sign up.

Lisa Ferguson, director of marketing, and Cindy  Swope, vice president/director of human resources for The Farmers Bank, were doing double duty - they were there as members of the bank’s float committee and members of Main Street’s Board of Directors.

Ferguson said the popular float committee had about 15 volunteers who met a couple of evening last week to get ready for the Saturday parade. 

This year, bank employees also decorated the tree on the courthouse square as part of Main Street’s decorating contest and The Farmers Bank was also participating in the Christmas Bell Scavenger Hunt, said Ferguson.

“We’re having a lot of fun with it this year,” she said. 

Later in the evening, Downtown Frankfort welcomed Santa to his headquarters in the gazebo in Veterans Park and kicked off its Main Street Express Tour that takes people on tours of the light display at TPA Park.