By Ashley Rader
The holiday season is just around the corner and plans are in place for the annual Fraser Fir tree lighting and the Elizabethton/Carter County Christmas parade.
The Elizabethton holiday season will officially kickoff with the Fraser Fir tree lighting on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Festivities will begin around 5:30 p.m. and the tree will be lit shortly after6 p.m. The tree is located in the yard of the UT Extension office on East Elk Avenue.
This year Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Director Mike Mains will flip the switch to light the community Christmas tree.
“The committee wanted to select someone who exemplified the spirit of the community,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Tonya Stevens. “Mike has done a wonderful job with the Parks and Rec Department, growing the activities in the community.”
Mains said he was surprised and honored to be chosen to light the tree.
“It is such a great event,” Mains said. “It is one of those hometown events that are special. I have always enjoyed going to the tree lighting. I never expected for them to pick me to light the tree, not at all. It is a big honor. I was completely surprised.”
The Bonnie Kate Cafe will supply hot chocolate and cider at the tree lighting. The Elizabethton High School Choral Group, Brittany Kyte and the Happy Valley Trumpeters will perform. The Washington County Regiment of the North Carolina Militia will perform the traditional rifle volley at the end of the ceremony.
“All of the traditional favorites will be on hand to help us kick off the holiday season,” Stevens said.