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Rain doesn’t dampen Murrayville’s parading spirit

POSTED: May 14, 2008 5:01 a.m.
SCOTT ROGERS/The Times

Rain showers can't keep Cameron Caylor from grabbing some candy Saturday morning during the annual Murrayville Day Parade along Ga. 60 in Murrayville. The inclement weather forced the parade to begin 30 minutes early.

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A little rain Saturday morning didn’t stop local residents from showing their small-town spirit during the annual Murrayville Day Parade.

The parade featured the Chestatee High School marching band, classic cars, floats from local churches and businesses, and grand marshals Kate Faulkner and Evelyn Bryant.

Although it was raining, a large number of people showed up to watch the parade from underneath umbrellas and tents.

When the crowd dispersed right after the parade, vendors stuck it out in the rain to spread the word on their business and show hometown pride.

"We’re just excited about businesses up here. There are a lot of great things going on in our little town of Murrayville and people should stop by," said Elaine Black, who arranged for some 20 vendors to set up shop along Ga. 60 for Murrayville Day.

Black wanted to try for more vendors this year as a way of making Murrayville Day a bigger event.

Members of North Hall High School’s Future Farmers of America set up a tent next to the Chevron on Ga. 60 to sell nachos and play music. The FFA group was trying to raise awareness about the agriculture program at North Hall, which could be cancelled.

Denise Conner, a lifelong resident of Murrayville and former North Hall High student, said she wanted to "see who’s willing to talk about keeping the program ... we want this (agriculture program) to stay alive."

Music was provided by FFA members and North Hall students Cody Savage, Matt Day and Robert Maynor.

"We’re just playing to give some of these people a little entertainment," said Savage, who played guitar and sang for nearly two hours under a tent that provided shelter from the drizzle.

Pro Cheer Inc., an all-star competive cheerleading gym, set up a moonwalk and sold corn on the cob, cotton candy and other refreshments.

Pro Cheer, which has three gyms in metro Atlanta, opened a Murrayville gym in January. Brian Cohen, program director of the Murrayville gym, said the town showed immediate interest in the new business.

"Everyone is incredibly welcoming, as soon as they hear about us they think of someone they know that might be interested. Everyone seems to know everyone, it’s just a real welcoming place," Cohen said.

Cohen also enjoyed watching the parade and was surprised by the large number of people who showed up.

"Murrayville really made it happen, even though the weather was not committing," Cohen added.

Other vendors at the event included Baby Tracks, Chestatee High School War Eagles and Elaine’s Salon and Boutique. Businesses featured in the parade included Pro Cheer, Savage Realty and Corey’s Mobile Detailing, among others.

The parade was organized by Lydia Conner, co-chairwoman of Murrayville Parade Committee and sponsored by Murrayville Lodge No. 30 F& AM.

"We’ll do it (Murrayville Day) again next year and make our little town a town people will remember," Black said.



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