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South Rowan parade rolls Tuesday

South Rowan is already getting into the Christmas spirit.

The annual South Rowan Christmas Parade is scheduled to roll through China Grove and Landis Tuesday with 91 participants. Among the parade’s participants are Cub Scouts, local businesses and two high school marching bands.

“It’s exciting because it kicks off the holiday season and just gets people in the Christmas spirit,” said Jennifer Ritchie, a parade organizer. “It’s something that people look forward to every year, for more than 30 years.”

Parade participants are scheduled to start lining up at 1:30 p.m. and be in position no later than 2:15 p.m. Shortly after, the dozens of participants will make their way down Main Street in Landis, ending at the intersection of Limits Street.

The parade picks back up in China Grove at the intersection of Stevens and Main Street in China Grove, stopping at Main’s intersection with Ross Street.

Ritchie said the parade usually includes about 20 vendors, selling anything from cotton candy to candy apples.

Mayors of both Landis and China Grove — James Furr and Don Bringle — both said the parade always draws a nice-sized crowd.

“I think it’s an important function for the community and obviously, a lot of our citizens agree,” Furr said.

Bringle added that the importance of the parade to the South Rowan community is evident just by looking at the crowded streets.

“The sides of the streets are full and the participation from the community is just tremendous,” Bringle said.

Ritchie said she particularly enjoys seeing the various homemade floats that are constructed for the parade.

For more information about the parade, visit southernrowanchristmasparade.com.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246

South Rowan Christmas Parade entries

1. Landis Police

2. Landis Police

3. China Grove Police

4. China Grove Police

5. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff Kevin Auten

6. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff Kevin Auten

7. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office — Sheriff Kevin Auten

8. Rowan Rescue

9. Rowan Rescue

10. Mobile Air Supply Unit – Mass91

11. South Rowan High School HOSA Club

12. South Rowan High School Army JROTC

13. China Grove Fire Department

14. China Grove Fire Department

15. China Grove Town Council

16. Landis Fire Department

17. Landis Fire Department

18. Town of Landis

19. Landis Public Works

20. Landis Public Works

21. Enochville Fire & Rescue

22. Bostian Heights Fire Department

23. Locke Township Fire Department

24. Carl Ford NC House Representative

25. South Rowan High School Marching Band

26. South Rowan High School Varsity Cheerleaders

27. South Rowan High School JV Cheerleaders

28. South Rowan High School Homecoming Queen — Bailey Mann

29. South Rowan High School DECA Club

30. South Rowan High School Miss Merry Christmas – Augusta Shaver

31. Cub Scout Pack 301

32. 2014 Southeast Thresher’s Queen — Caroline Smith

33. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center

34. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center

35. WBTV Morning News Personalities – John Carter & Kristen Miranda

36. Goodman Farm Supply

37. Price Pharmacy

38. Petite Miss Rowan County Queen – McKinlee Long

39. Cub Scout Pack 373

40. Lady’s Funeral Home

41. Lady’s Funeral Home

42. Trinity Pre K-  JR Ritchie Electric

43. Tabernacle Baptist Church

44. Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard

44B.  American Red Cross Elizabeth H Dole Chapter

45. Center Stage Dance Company

46. Center Stage Dance Company

47. Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard

48. Cornerstone Church

49. Cornerstone Church

50. Stanly County’s Outstanding Teen — Briley LaFollette

51. The Forum Monster Truck

52. Price of Freedom Museum

53. Price of Freedom Museum

54. Home Instead

55. Embellish Boutique

56. Sidekick Karate

57. F&M Bank and Gary’s Bar BQ

58. Rowan Public Library Stories To Go Bookmobile

59. Kannon Creek Assisted Living

60. Southern Style Cloggers

61. Girl Scout Troop 1936, 1937, 1938, 835

62. Spencer Doll and Toy Museum

63. Carson Cougars YFL

64. Highest Praise

65. CMC Northeast & Jeff Gordon’s Children Hospital

66. Pack 375

67. Farming the County with a Parade — Rowan County Farm Bureau

68. Farming the County with a Parade – Rowan County Farm Bureau

69. South Rowan 5th and 6th Grade YFL

70. BSA Troop 328

71. Rowan County 40&8

72. South Carson Colts 3rd and 4th Grade YFL

73. Holiday Dreams— Dimensions Dance Arts

74. Holiday Dreams– Dimensions Dance Arts

75. Cub Scouts 328

76. Jesse Carson High School Marching Band

77. Jesse Carson High School Miss Holiday

78. Jesse Carson High School Mr. Holiday

79. Jesse Carson High School Cross Country

80. Jesse Carson High School Orange and Blue Crew

81. Jesse Carson High School Homecoming Queen and King

81B. Elevation Cheer Co. — B&M Storage

82. Cart Works

83. Richard Childers

84. Girl Scout Troop 9011

85. Anna Craig Boutique

86. Phillips Air Care

87. Gospel Lighthouse Church

88. Commander Legion Post 185 – Wild Bill Corriher

89. American Legion Post 185 Beauty Queen — Madison A. Brewer

90. Faith Riders

91. Santa Claus

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