Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Festival of Trees

Local businesses and civic groups are already busy planning their entries in the 2014 Festival of Trees. This year will be the 7th year that businesses and civic groups have helped local charities through decorating a Christmas tree during the Festival of Trees. “This is a great way for our local businesses to give back to the community through helping our local non-profits,” stated Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator for Toccoa.

The decorated trees will be on display in the Courthouse in conjunction with the 2014 Toccoa ChristmasFest, held the evening of December 5 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 6 from 12 noon to 4pm.

Participants must provide a decorated tree, with lights, that will be on display in the Historic Stephens County Courthouse from Friday, December 5 through Saturday December 6. 

The public will then cast a vote for their favorite Christmas tree, for a cost of $1 per vote.  Each non-profit organization will keep their proceeds. The tree receiving the most votes will win the “grand prize” of $500.

For more information or for an application, please call the Main Street office at 706-282-3309 or go to www.mainstreettoccoa.com to download an application.  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Costume Parade

The Toccoa Main Street program will host the 24th  annual children's Costume Parade, Friday, October 31, 2014. Children will begin lining up promptly at 9:45 a.m. as the parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Preschool age children between the ages of two and five are invited to attend.  Area preschools will also be participating.

The parade route will go down Doyle Street through the center of the downtown. The children will assemble on West Doyle Street, in front of The Toccoa Record, and continue to form the line along the sidewalk at West Doyle Street.  The children will walk down West Doyle and cross the street at Sage Street, and then continue down Doyle Street to Family Eye Care. They will then cross over to the other side and continue down the sidewalk to Sage Street.  Merchants will meet the children along the way and give them goodies. Refreshments will be served at the corner of Sage St. and Doyle St. and the awards given out.  Prizes will be awarded in various categories for ages 2, 3, and 4.  The parade events should be over by approximately 11:30 a.m.  Each child should have their name and age clearly marked on a nametag to help the judges make their choices. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, and refreshments will be served after the event.

Parents and grandparents are invited to watch the parade or join their children in the parade. Volunteers will direct the participants along the route and policemen will help with street crossings. 

The Main Street Department invites all eligible children to come and enjoy this safe alternative. A fun time is anticipated for all. For more information, call the Main Street office at 706-282-3309.