At the annual Light Up Williston event last Friday evening, Mayor Gerald Hethcoat reminded residents how cold it had been during the ceremonies the previous year.
No such problem this time.
On a beautiful Florida night, the annual parade and the lighting of the decorations in Linear Park drew large crowds to the downtown area on Dec. 7.
Hethcoat gave a welcoming speech, asking the crowd who knew what special day it was. Bradley Perkins, 9, had the right answer: "Pearl Harbor remembrance day."
"We don't want to let our veterans down," the mayor said as he asked for a moment of silence.
Then the program continued as visitors munched on the chili that had been judged in the annual cook-off (see story on Page 3).
Float winners were announced. The Williston Garden Club won for best use of theme, and Perkins State Bank was the best overall winner, closely followed by Turbeville Tree Service and M&M Carpet Care.
Judge Joseph Smith read from the Bible about the birth of Jesus and then the crowd listened to some entertainment by some of the local children.
Hethcoat threw the switch, helped by the three winners in the Miss Williston event earlier this year.