(Cleveland)- Last Saturday the White County Chamber of Commerce and lots of volunteers tried to have Christmas in the Mountains activities and parade, but inclement weather would not allow that to happen. The chamber has tried to reschedule another parade but has not been successful in doing so before Christmas.
The following is a statement released by the Beth Truelove, Chamber President and Board of Directors:
As many of you probably know by now, we tried our best to get the parade going on Saturday. Volunteers and staff have worked since July on organizing, permitting, reaching out to participants and advertising for this event. The situation was terribly disappointing for all of us, but Chief Foster made the best decision by cancelling as safety of the people in a thunderstorm is important.
We reached out to try to reschedule the parade on the original route as well as looked at alternate routes but soon realized that neither of those options would be a possibility.
We encourage all of you to thank our City of Cleveland Police, Fire, White County Sheriff’s Deputies, CERT team and Chamber Board. The White County High School Band, The Chorus Students and Staff from White County High School, White County Middle School, TGAP and Jack P Nix Elementary Schools. The White County News, Dean and Bonnie Dyer from WRWH, Paul and Judi Nemeth and Carol Jackson. Carl Dann, Chuck Edwards and Tom O’Bryant. These folks spent countless hours preparing and helping us promote this event. Many were out working in the rain long before the decision was made to cancel this event, preparing for the best possible environment for our community to enjoy a hometown favorite.
A special thank you to Commissioner Terry Goodger who did the lighting of the new tree in Freedom Park with little fan fair on Saturday. The tree is beautiful!