The shows went on in Lampasas on Saturday, in spite of Friday night through early Saturday evening off and on rainfall.
The annual Carol of Lights festival and parade was held on Courtyard Square, with about 20 entries braving the weather and a smaller, but faithful crowd of onlookers along the streets to watch and cheer the parade.
The best entry was a float by The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department’s “The Grinch has been Captured”, second place went to Chip Control, third place to McGehee Automotive for the school bus float “ God Bless Texas and the Troops that call Her Home”. The best commercial entry award went to Martin & Millican.
Vision Lampasas and Courtyard Square Association volunteers had scrambled to make whatever adjustments were necessary to make it work, and it turned out to be a good event after all.
District 54 State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock spoke briefly to the crowd, with a few words expressing gratitude for the years he’d served as State Representative. He leaves office in January, retiring and making way Scott Cosper, the former Killeen Mayor who is the new Representative Elect. Cosper also had a few words to say on the podium, as did Lampasas County Judge Wayne Boultinghouse, Mayor Pro Tem Misty Talbert, and the Parade Grand Marshall, Judy Lansford. Judy was honored with the job because of her tireless volunteerism.
After comments by the dignitaries, Mayor Pro Tem Talbert flipped the switch that turned on the Courthouse lights—the big event around which everything else is centered.