DOBSON — As the county seat, Dobson normally is home to Surry’s government operations, but on Saturday it was the center of Christmas excitement as an annual holiday parade rolled into town.
Standing space was scarce along Main Street as spectators gathered to watch more than 100 different units pass by, which left from Surry Community College and wound up at the NAPA Auto Parts store north of the old county courthouse.
People of all ages lined that route for a procession that accordingly seemed to offer something for everyone.
There were colorful floats manned by businesses, churches, scout and other groups; a marching band; classic cars; motorcycles; tractors and other farm equipment; mini-cars driven by Shriners; veterans; all-terrain vehicles; and animals including horses and even a wreath-wearing cow.
Anyone who happened to be a fan of public safety vehicles also was not left out of the equation, as it seemed as if every fire truck, rescue vehicle and police car in the greater Dobson area participated in the parade.
And those vehicles’ drivers tended to make their presence known by deploying flashing lights, loud sirens and horns as the procession made its way up Main Street, as if to remind everyone that Santa was watching. In fact, the horn of one even blared out a Christmas carol.
Oh, yes, Mr. Claus was part of the parade, too, being wheeled through town on a bucket truck of a local telephone provider which marked the end of the parade.
Though its entries represented a wide variety, one common denominator among them was the fact most everyone who rode by tossed out candy that kids scurried to collect. It was of such sufficient quantity that once observer said it reminded him of Halloween.
And while gas fueled the parade’s motorized units, another commodity that seemed to play a key role in that regard was sheer holiday magic.
Cameron Cockerham, a Dobson mom who came to see her daughter ride in the parade on a float from Mountain Park, had never attended the town’s Christmas parade before.
But she indicated that it gave her a new appreciation for the county seat and its celebration of the season.
“It’s such a small town,” said Cockerham, who was impressed by the holiday “atmosphere” Saturday’s parade injected into Dobson. She especially enjoyed the figure-eight maneuvers along the street of the Shriners mini-cars that often are popular parts of parades in this area.
“I think it certainly brings out the Christmas spirit,” Cockerham said of the Dobson parade.
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