By Brian Besch
The Goodrich City Council heard a final information on the Christmas celebration and set a date for their Christmas dinner in December’s monthly regular meeting Thursday.
City Secretary Felicia Garrett gave a report on the Goodrich Christmas and Lighted Parade that occurred last week. Parade big winners was ProStar Waste, taking first place with a float that included Goodrich ISD student council members. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office won second place and All-Weather AC was the third-place float.
There were 39 bicycles given away at the event. A total of $640 was donated to the city to help cover the costs of bicycles and toys. Over 20 toys were donated and distributed to children in the community. Garrett said when the bicycle giveaway was complete, there were still toys remaining that were handed out as children arrived after the drawing.
“It turned out really good,” Garrett said. “I’ve had people call me with nothing but good things about the parade. It actually lasted longer this year than last year. Last year, we made 30 minutes, and this year, we actually made an hour-long parade. It is growing and getting bigger and it is better – we had the Corvettes and Jeeps. It turned out really good and thank you to everybody who helped out and showed up. It was greatly appreciated.”
Mayor Pro-Tem Bobby Wright suggested to the council that sponsorships begin to be secured in October of next year for the Christmas festival, to avoid a rush in getting everything accomplished.
Garrett informed all that the city will begin a new tradition for the Christmas tree that sits at city hall. There are now three white butterflies on the tree that have “In memory of Marlene Arnold” inscribed for the former council member. The tree will be opened to the community for anyone who would like to place an ornament in memory of someone. When the tree is taken down, those with ornaments can remove it and bring it home, or have it stored and placed back on the following year.
The council also decided to hold their Christmas dinner on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Wright is said to be one of the better cooks around and will provide barbecue for the event. The plan is for brisket, chicken and sausage links.