JASPER — From music entertainment to massive inflatable slides to vendors galore and snow through a parade, the Sweets n the Streets festival continues to get sweeter.
The festival Saturday included vendors for just about all of one’s small rural town needs, Miss Ruby’s homemade peanut brittle, Lora Phillips’ home crafted goods, Scentsy products, plentiful other vendors who were selling food and drinks for all of those in attendance, Hamilton County’s FFA, as well as Right of Passage’s Oak Grove Academy, to which were selling home made pies of many different flavors, including blueberry, apple, pumpkin and cherry.
The Rebellions, who were a big hit at the Hamilton County Fourth of July Celebration earlier this year, were part of the entertainment lineup once again. Many people brought their own camping chairs to sit in, on the court to listen as this band played an awesome set which featured a Christmas selection as well as their more popular genre of “oldies but goodies.”
Hamilton County’s FFA animals were like celebrities, including the famous pig that stole the attention and hearts of many at the Hamilton County’s Pioneer Day just months prior to this Christmas celebration.
Following the festival fun, the streets were packed for the annual Christmas parade.
Christmas music blared, fire engine sirens rang, and the local law enforcement escorted the parade while yelling to the crowds, “Merry Christmas!” with smiles on their faces.
Floats and golf carts from the parade were judged on several factors, which recognized two winners.
Busy Bee’s Early Learning Center LLC won with their yellow and black bumble bee themed float, decorated in balloons and children, and Jay Golub from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, who had his Polaris Ranger Crew decked out for the holidays, with Christmas lights, pulling the inflatable Santa in his sleigh with a sack full of toys for the good girls and boys of Hamilton County.
Following the parade, the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce’s Storefront Contest winners were announced. These submissions had been previously submitted to the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page, and allowed for the citizens of Hamilton County to vote for the winners. There was one winner for Jasper, and another for White Springs.
Jasper’s storefront winner was First Federal Bank of Florida, while White Springs’ winner was Suwannee Hardware and Feed.