Village of Dalton celebrates the holidays with a festival parade

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Dalton Holidays Festival Queen Emma Jarvis and Princess Abby Jones ride the royal Saturday during the festival's parade.
Dalton Holidays Festival Queen Emma Jarvis and Princess Abby Jones ride the royal Saturday during the festival's parade.

DALTON – Visitors near and wide gathered along West Main Street in downtown Dalton on Saturday, Dec. 4, to watch the village's annual Holidays Festival parade.

Three such visitors stood in the shadow of Ambolina's Florist shop. Laura and Tim Wolf took their 4-year-old granddaughter, Alivia Wolf, to her first Dalton Holidays Festival parade.

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"This is her first parade and she absolutely loved it," Laura Wolf said. "She has a bag full of candy, which I think is what she really liked."

Alivia Wolf confirmed this with a nod. While she also liked seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus, she had one favorite in mind.

"I also really liked the Grinch," Wolf said.

The Grinch was one of many guests who took part in the parade, waving and tossing candy to passersby.

Emma Jarvis named Holidays Festival queen

Royal courts representing surrounding villages and festivals rode in on pickup trucks, minivans and the occasional tractor. The Strawberry, Bratwurst, Pumpkin and Moonshine queens all made an appearance, to name a few.

For Dalton, the village's local royalty was the recently named Holidays Festival Queen Emma Jarvis.

Santa and Mrs. Claus walked the parade route and greeted ll the kids.
Santa and Mrs. Claus walked the parade route and greeted ll the kids.

"It was really exciting to see all of the little girls line the streets," Jarvis said about the parade. "I'm happy to be named the queen."

Following the parade, Jarvis went to Dalton High School, where activities included turkey bowling and a skillet toss.

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This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Village of Dalton celebrates the holidays with a festival parade

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