Claudine Chesser, a longtime community volunteer and contributor in many ways to Long County, led the 2023 lighted Long County Christmas Parade last Thursday evening, December 7, 2023. She was joined by over three dozen other entries, including Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles and Ludowici Police Chief Robert Parker. Overall, 32 floats participated in the parade, which drew a large crowd of viewers.
Best Overall Award and a check for $150 went to Compass Worship Center with their gorgeous float, The Polar Express. The Brightest Award was earned by First Baptist Church of Ludowici, and they were presented with a check for $100. Most Creative Award and $50 went deservedly to Crawdaddies with their large inflatable alligator. All three were also presented with plaques.
The cake auction was one of the activities that was part of this festive night, which included 16 cakes, and also a gallon of Brunswick stew made by Clifton DeLoach, who is well known in Long County for his delicious stew. Overall, over $4000 was raised from the cake auction, and this money goes to the Long County Library, which thrills Librarian Tammy Goober. Parade entry fees were $20 each.
Auctioneer for the cake auction was Police Chief Robert Parker, with assistance from Junior Chamber of Commerce members Trent Rutherford and Nina Dunwoody.
Also, Santa and Mrs. Claus were available to hear the Christmas gift wishes of little children, and Frosty was dancing around as well to add to the merriment of the night.