From staff reports
The Winston County Economic Development District Partnership has planned a list of upcoming events for the holiday season to celebrate every occasion.
The first event scheduled will be a trick or treat that will take place in downtown Louisville.
Local businesses and store owners will give out treats to children from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Halloween, Wednesday Oct. 31. This is provided as a safe alternative from going door-to-door trick or treating and allows parents to know the treats their children are getting are safe.
Stew Stomp, Veteran’s Day, and Sweet Tea contest Saturday, Nov. 3 will be a big day for downtown Louisville and Winston County as the Annual Stew Stomp and Veterans Parade will be held.
The Stew Stomp and new Sweet Tea Contest This year’s Stew Stomp will be a little sweeter as a Sweet Tea contest has been added to the event. With one’s culinary skills, prizes for the stew contest can quickly add up. Stew winners will be vying for several cash prizes for cooking and decorations. Stew cooking winners will be chosen in three categories with winners able to win in all categories.
“We are still looking for cooking teams and sweet tea teams,” said Linda Skelton, Winston County Chamber director. “Someone is going to walk away with almost $5,000 in prizes.”
In the Stew Contest, winners will be awarded for: BOOTH DECORATIONS: 3RD place is $75;2nd place $150;1st place is $300. PEOPLES CHOICE IN STEW COMPETITION: 3rd place is $200; 2nd place is $350 and 1st place is $500. JUDGE╒S CHOICE IN STEW COMPETITION: 3rd Place is $300; 2nd Place is $600 and 1st Place is $1000 and the coveted Stew Trophy.
In the Sweet Tea contest sponsored by Pearl River Resort (Vegas with Sweet Tea), winners can earn: 1st Place is 50 minute Spa treatment for 2 and 2 night stay at the Golden Moon or Silver Star for 2; 2nd Place is Dinner for two at Phillip M’s and 1 night stay at the Golden Moon or Silver Star for 2; and 3rd Place is Dinner for 2 at the Villa.
Any group or persons interested in competing in the Stew or Sweet Tea contest should contact the Winston County Chamber of Commerce at 311 West Park Street
Louisville or 662-773-3921 or www.winstoncountyms.com. The Chamber can provide full rules and details for both contests.
Attendees at the event may purchase a ticket to enjoy all the stews and teas for $5 and this allows each person with a ticket to vote in the People’s Choice portion of the contest.
Veterans’ Parade Winston County and the Winston County Chamber of Commerce will honor its military veterans with a Nov. 3 Veterans Day parade.
The parade will wind through downtown at 11 a.m., beginning at the Chamber of Commerce and ending at the monument. As part of the annual celebration, a wreath will be placed on the monument to honor the veterans.
“We hope this year’s parade will be even bigger and better than in the past,” said Skelton. “We greatly appreciate the participation of our local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and we invite other school groups to take part,” she said.
The chamber will be offering refreshments to the veterans prior to the parade as the veterans and others lineup to march in the parade.
Veterans are also invited to bring military memorabilia to be displayed now through Veterans Day to the following locations in Louisville: Charley McCool’s Prescriptions and Gifts, Tabor Drugs, Winston Furniture, Cuppa, The Jewel Shoppe and Market Cafe.
“These stores welcome your displays and Thank You for your service to our country,” said Skelton. For more information on the parade or to participate, call the Winston County Chamber of Commerce at 662-773-3921.
Jingle Bell Jubillee The merchants in Winston County plan to get into the celebration spirit as they host Jingle Bell Jubilee Holiday Open House on November 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 4 from noon to 4 pm, The merchants will be offering special pricing to help kickoff the holiday season.
Other Chamber events upcoming: November 3-Artisan Market at Market Cafe November 6 is election day November 15 – Ladies Night Out 4:00 PM to 7:00 pm. December 3- Annual Christmas Parade 5:30 pm December 6 – Ladies Night Out 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm December 8- Carl Jackson concert December 20 – Now or Never Night Out for Men. 4:00 pm to 7:00pm
Other events are still in the planning process and will be announced once they are final. For more information regarding any of the listed events, you may contact the Winston County Economic Development District Partnership at 662-773-8719 or 662-773-3921.
Jingle Bell Jubillee The First United Methodist Church will be having their Fall Bazzar on Saturday, November 3. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7:00 am – 9:30 am. The Bazzar will be from 7:30 am until 3:00 pm.
Christmas items, food, cakes, White Elephants, furniture, toys, and much more will be available.
Lindsay Clark’s Dance Studio will be performing at 10 a.m. as part of the event.