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Awards given to Covington Christmas parade participants

COVINGTON - The 2007 Covington Christmas Parade, held Saturday in downtown Covington, saw a turnout of 150 entries, with more than 3,000 participants, the Covington Lions Club reported.

Highlights of the event included the recognition of Eric Adams, Newton County's Teacher of the Year, who served as grand marshal, and Mayor Sam Ramsey, who served as the honorary grand marshal.

Float entries were evaluated by a panel of judges. The following is a list of winners:

Sweepstakes Best Float Award: Tabernacle of Praise - "Jesus, The Reason for the Season"

Sub-categories

Boy Scouts First Place - Cub Scout Pack 1824, "A Cub Scout Christmas"

Boy Scouts Second Place - Cub Scout Pack 163, "A Christmas Campsite"

Girl Scouts First Place - Troop 577, "A Traditional Christmas"

Girl Scouts Second Place - Daisy Troop 5037, "Nutcracker's Land of Sweets"

Churches First Place - Living Waters Baptist Church, "Nativity Scene"

Churches Second Place - Walnut Grove Baptist Church, "Jesus, the Greatest Gift"

Schools

High School First Place - Alcovy High School Student Council, "Celebrate the Season with Alcovy High School in a Winter Wonderland"

High School Second Place - Piedmont Academy, "Christmas with the Cougars"

Elementary/Pre-school First Place - Heard Mixon Elementary, "Wishing You a Sweet Christmas"

Elementary/Pre-school Second Place: Graves Chapel AME Church, "Fashion for Christmas"

Civic Club First Place - Covington Lions, "A Vision of Christmas"

Civic Club Second Place - Covington Elks Club, "Have a Merry Christmas"

Business First Place - Discover Your World Travel, "Christmas Caroling in the Park"

Business Second Place - Prudential Colony Realty, "Get on Board with Prudential"

Family First Place - Garrett McManus Family, "Home for the Holidays"

Horses, Best Decorated First Place: Social Circle Saddle Club

Horses, Best Decorated Second Place: Newton County Saddle Club

Best Tack First Place: Adopt-a-Horse

Best Tack Second Place: Newton County Saddle Club

Best Horse Group First Place: Newton County Saddle Club

Best Horse Group Second Place: Social Circle Saddle Club