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Christmas cheer: Parade delights large crowd

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The 1950s-themed float from Miss Judie's Day Care was the judges' top choice in the 2012 Shelbyville Christmas Parade.
(T-G Photo by David Melson) [Order this photo]
Great weather and turnout made for one of the best Shelbyville Christmas parades in recent years.

"Carhops" walk alongside the float.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
The number of floats was up and locals packed the streets near the square and up Madison Street to watch, several children hoping to fill their bags with candy.

The Grand Marshal's prize went to Miss Judie's Day Care, with Elite Physical Therapy earning first runner up. Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and Allstate Insurance were second and third runners up, respectively.

While the parade was followed by about 200 horses and riders who came out for the festivities, it was led by about 46 runners who participated in the 5th annual Run for Their Life 5K.

The race benefits First Choice Pregnancy center in Shelbyville.

Race coordinator Donna Thomas said runners who participated were pleased with the weather and the support they received from the crowd.

"We were down from last year," Thomas said. "There was another 5K in town earlier in the day and that may have hurt us."


Runners ranged from ages 6 to 65.

The overall winner hailed from Murfreesboro. Roger Brady finished with a time of 20:31. Sergio Gomez of Shelbyville finished second in the men's overall with a time of 22:49. He was trailed by Josh Skipworth, also of Shelbyville, who finished at 23:02.

Women's overall winner was Kailey Snell with a time of 23:46. Tracy Watson (23:39) and Carmen Ray (25.27) finished second and third, respectively. All ladies represented Bedford County.

Division winners

(from Bedford County unless otherwise noted)

Men's 9 & Under

Elijah Kirby, 31.06

Men's 10-14

Tobiaz King, 27.04

Men's 15-18

Hunter Pastrana, 23.12

Men's 19-25

Brad Besednjak, 23.23

Men's 26-35

Chip Watson, 41.14.90

Men's 36-45

Lee Leonard, Lewisburg, 23.18

Men's 46-55

Mike Youngblood, 23.33

Men's 56-65

Jerry Adcock, McMinnville, 25.59

Women's 9 & Under

Cheyenne Watson, 31.26

Women's 10-14

Kayden Fletcher, 25.54

Women's 19-25

Hillary Bevels, 30.14

Women's 26-35

Amanda O'Neal, 30.17

Women's 36-45

P.J. Simmons, 29.33

Women's 46-55

Tamra Smith, 38.41