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UPDATE: Breckenridge Christmas parade canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

UPDATE: Breckenridge Christmas parade canceled due to COVID-19 concerns
November 29
13:41 2020

UPDATE: The Breckenridge Texan was notified Sunday afternoon that the annual Christmas parade, which had been scheduled for Dec. 12, has been canceled by the Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber’s Executive Director Carrie Holson said the Chamber’s Executive Board decided to cancel the parade, based on the advice of health officials due to a continued increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The Chamber will make an official announcement about the canceling of the parade on Monday.

Upcoming Events

Although the Christmas Parade has been canceled, there are several other community events on the schedule. Check out the list below:

Chamber Banquet

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, large gatherings are discouraged by local, state and national health experts. So, this year’s annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be a “Banquet in a Box.” The deadline to purchase tickets to the fundraiser is 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

“All year, the Chamber has encouraged our businesses to think outside the box, and we are having to do the same thing,” Holson said. “We made the difficult decision not to host our traditional annual banquet. However, the chamber still depends on that as a source of our revenue. So, we have decided to do a ‘banquet in a box,’ which will be a drive-thru banquet.”

To participate in the “banquet” and to help support the Chamber of Commerce, participants will purchase a ticket for $35. Then, on Friday, Dec. 4, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., ticket-holders will drive through the Breck Trade Days Barn, located just south of the City Park, and pick up their meal and enter the drawing for a $750 door prize, as well as enter their 10 raffle tickets into the drawings for the raffle prizes.

This year, instead of having drawings for dozens of different prizes, the Chamber has grouped the prizes into five raffle packages — Women’s Package, Men’s Package, Hunting Package, Liquor Package and Gift Certificate Package. Some of the items that have already been donated for the raffle packages include a Louis Vuitton handbag, an Apple Watch, a buck hunt and more. The Chamber is still taking item donations for the raffles and will announce the packages at a later date.

Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the drive-through on Dec. 4.

The meal will be catered by Pit Stop Barbecue and will include ribeye with grilled shrimp meal.

Tickets cost $35 each, or businesses or individuals can be sponsors of the event and buy packages that include multiple meal tickets and raffle tickets. Sponsors will be recognized with signs along the drive-through and on social media.

The Chamber will deliver the meals and raffle tickets for anyone who purchases 10 or more tickets and requests delivery.

GIFT DRIVE

Wallace Insurance Agency, located at 126 W. Walker, is sponsoring its inaugural Christmas Gift Drive this year for Breckenridge and Albany families that are in need.

Jessica Holmes with Wallace Insurance said the agency is working closely with local schools to identify children who are in need. The agency will accept new toys, gift cards, cash donations, clothing, shoes, hats, and gloves. because the children need more than just toys, Holmes said.

Items may be dropped off at the following places: Wallace Insurance Agency in Breckenridge, Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce office, East Elementary School, and the Albany Chamber of Commerce. The deadline to drop off items will be Friday, Dec. 18.

Downtown Lights

The lights on the community Christmas tree in Foundation Park, on the corner of Walker Street and Breckenridge Avenue, have been turned on, and decorations have started to show up on the lawn of the Stephens County Courthouse. Both provide great backdrops for families looking to take a 2020 Christmas photo.

Cutline, top photo: The theme for last year’s Christmas Parade was “Another Charlie Brown Christmas.” This year’s parade was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at about 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, to announce the canceling of the Christmas Parade.


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