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One parade on go, another on hold

The Advance Christmas parade is set to go for 2020.

The Mocksville Christmas Parade is still in limbo. Mocksville Community Development Coordinator Tami Langdon said the parade committee is waiting on Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement later this month before making a final decison on the parade.

The annual bed races, a Main Street award-winning event, will not be held this year, although the committee is looking at alternative celebrations.

Capt. Ronnie Robertson of the Advance Fire Department made the parade announcement in a Facebook message to the community last week, saying folks should be able to practice social distancing while watching the parade. It will be the second Saturday morning in December.

He also announced that the fire department would be open for trick and treaters on Oct. 31.

What didn’t happen is the annual barbecue, which amounts to about $25,000 less for the department this year.

The decision to cancel the barbecue was made, in part, due to a concern of not enough volunteers.

“Not only is the barbecue a great social event, the financial hit that our fire department will take … this is revenue that cannot be made up.”

He urged members of the community to consider volunteering, either as a firefighter/first responder or as a member of the auxiliary, which can perform just about any duty. “We need all types of help.”

Anyone wishing to join the department or auxiliary, or provide other assistance, should call 336-998-8181.