The second Saturday of every month, except January, is synonymous with fun hosted by the Town of Eclectic.

This month Eclectic is hosting its annual Christmas Festival Dec. 14.

A parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., but town councilmember Carmen Winslett said this year there will be a day’s worth of activity beginning at 8 a.m.

She said there will be a vendor market set up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the town hall parking lot. Vendors are encouraged to decorate their booths to be part of a contest to win a gift card.

Businesses outside of the downtown area will participate as well.

“It is free for vendors to participate,” Winslett said. “There are just a few spots left to fill. We are accepting vendor and parade entries until (Friday).”

People interested in participating as a vendor or entering a float in the parade can call 334-201-0092.

Winslett said the theme of the event is A Walk Through Candy Land.

Included in the parade will be the Elmore County High School band, Santa Claus, Eclectic Mayor Gary Davenport and the town council, Coosa County Color Guard, multiple local businesses, tractors and antique cars.

Minnie Johnson will serve as grand marshal of the parade and the floats will be judged.

A tree-lighting ceremony is planned at the end of the parade, which Winslett said will be around 4 p.m. at town hall. A mailbox will be available outside town hall from Dec. 9 to Dec. 16 for people to send letters to Santa.

“From what Santa said, these letters will be answered,” she said.

Additional contests related to A Walk Through Candy Land include a coloring contest hosted by local businesses in the downtown area, a residential Christmas light and decoration contest and a window display contest. Forms for the residential lighting contest must be turned in by Dec. 13. Contact Winslett for any additional information on the contests.

“This event really brings the community together,” Winslett said. “A lot of people are in need this time of the year and it is a way for us to support others and it just brings out the true meaning of Christmas.”

The town expects the event will bring out around 1,000 or so people.

Winslett said there is no rain date scheduled for this event.

NEWS BRIEFS

Donations for drive being taken through Thursday

First Community Bank of Eclectic is teaming up with Elmore County Department of Human Resources to help children in foster care have a blessed Christmas.

Organizers are asking for donations of new toys, clothing items and stocking stuffers by Thursday.

There is a drop box in the lobby of the bank.