Thomaston to hold Cartmas celebration

Thomaston will look to start a new Christmas tradition this year when it holds its first Thomaston Cartmas Parade Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.

“One of our local residents, Brenda McClure, came up with the idea.  She thought it would be a fun way to celebrate Christmas with all of the golf carts we have in Thomaston,” Thomaston Police Department Chief Heath McClure said of the genesis of the event. “We have some pretty creative people in Thomaston, so we look forward to seeing what they come up with. We will have a judging committee that will present awards for creativity and most Christmas spirit.”

While event organizers have yet to put much time into advertising the festivities, 10 golf carts have already been entered into the parade.

“We will accept golf cart entries or slow moving, side-by-side ATVs. No three or four wheelers will be allowed,” McClure said. “Safety will be first and foremost, so we ask that any entries have an adult driver and/or passenger.”

Event organizers are hopeful Cartmas catches on in the community and encouraged by early returns that have outside vendors interested in participating.

“We are planning on making this an annual event. We have had some food vendors show interest in setting up, so I believe that this idea could really take off and become a major event for the town in the near future,” McClure said. We welcome anyone from anywhere to participate. We just ask that you let us know that you are coming so we can plan for parking, etc.”

Those interested in participating in Cartmas are encouraged to call the Town Office at 334-627-3434 and speak with the Town Clerk.