Five-year-old Aiden Holden was getting into the Christmas spirit Saturday morning.
As he watched the Christmas Parade on Main Street in Yadkinville, he would occasionally point and laugh at some of the floats.
Then he would dart off to grab some of the candy that was being thrown. Unlike some other children, he wasn’t hoarding all of the candy in his own bag. He actually spent a lot of the time handing some of it to another boy standing a few feet away.
“He likes to share,” said his great-grandfather, Doug Holt. Once, Aiden even went up to an adult standing by to hand him a lollipop.
Aiden and his grandfather were among hundreds lined up along Main Street to watch the annual Christmas Parade in Yadkinville.
“I didn’t know there were this many kids in Yadkin County!” one rescue worker yelled at the beginning of the parade, as the children scampered around to collect the candy. Floats varied widely — there were a few John Deere tractors, historic vehicles, and a couple of shiny Corvettes.
Boy Scouts, churches, the Republican Party, the Humane Society, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and several others had a presence in the parade. Both Starmount and Forbush high schools’ bands also participated. Santa and Mrs. Claus rode behind the back of the Unifi truck, waving at the crowd.
The parade lasted for about an hour.
“Good weather, good parade,” said Yadkinville Fire Chief Bryan Southard.
Before the parade began, members of the Yadkinville Fire Department collected canned goods for Yadkin County Christian Ministries. This was the first time the fire department had collected the goods in conjunction with the parade, Southard said.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” he said, but added that he was pleased with how much they collected. The volunteers were able to fill about half of a 50-gallon barrel. “You always want to do better. (But) we were well pleased with it. The food went to a good cause.”