EHRHARDT -- The town of Ehrhardt's 2017 Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 was a huge success, with 41 entries.
“The Lighted Christmas Parade was a great success and was about the best one ever!" Ehrhardt Mayor Billy Stanley said.
Parade Chairman Eunice Ann Sease said, “It was the best parade we’ve ever had and was very colorful with all the floats and vehicles lit up and flashing everywhere you looked. And, there was a big crowd of spectators lining the streets."
Civic leader David Johns of Enterprise Bank of South Carolina served as this year's parade grand marshal.
First place winners in the parade were: Carolina Ground Covers, featuring the Richard Moore and Calin Hiers families, float category; Donnie Ayers' 1929 Model A Ford Sedan, antique car and truck category; Bamberg County Code Enforcement, featuring Bill Johnson and his family, golf cart category; Trantham's Tax Service of Bamberg, tractor category; and Tinsley Koon dressed as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in her Cinderella Car, novelties category.
Steve Duncan of Ehrhardt served as the emcee for the parade.
Sease said the Ehrhardt Fire Department's Soup Supper fundraiser after the parade was very successful, raising funds to help the department.
Ted Brandt, owner of LowCountry Wood Preserving Inc., donated $500 checks to each of the five area fire departments who fought a midnight and saved his business recently -- the Ehrhardt, Olar, Govan, Colston and Clear Pond departments. Brandt expressed his gratitude for their fast response that saved his posts and post plants.
Special music was provided at the Soup Supper by 12-year-old guitarist Moye Brandt. Moye was accompanied by lead guitarist Don Yokum of Williston. They played a medley that included "Jingle Bells," "Wildwood Flower," "Red River Valley" and the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and finished off with a rousing rendition of "Johnny B. Goode."
“Overall, everyone had a great time, and we are grateful for another great Christmas Parade for the town of Ehrhardt,” Sease said.