Yulefest request approved
Jul 28, 2013 | 756 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Gilmer City Council approved a request from the Yulefest Committee of the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce to close certain downtown streets for the Yulefest, which this year will occur on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 5.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m.

The action came at Tuesday’s night’s regular council meeting at City Hall.

“They like to get started early,” City Manager Jeff Ellington said of the Yulefest planners.

The chamber said the route will be the same as in past years. It will proceed south on Titus St. from the float barns, which are west of Titus St. and just south of Redbud St., alongside the railroad tracks.

From Titus, it was go east on Jefferson St. for half a block, south on Simpson St. (east side of the Courthouse Square), west on Hwy. 154 (called Tyler St. in the City Limits), north on Davis St. (west side of the square), and west on Buffalo St. to Trinity.

The parade, which is projected to last 30 to 45 minutes, will then turn right (north) on Trinity St. and return to the float barns.

This will be the 31st annual Yulefest Parade, and the route has remained the same all that time, said chamber executive director Joan Small.

The council also agreed to a request from the Yamboree Association to give them $3,966 left over from the Association’s portion of the proceeds from the sale of the old Yamboree float barn, adjacent to the railroad tracks and just north of the downtown area.

The old float barn, which had been unused since new barns were constructed near Redbud and Titus Sts. some years ago, had been sold last year to Gilmer businessman Phil Fowler, Ellington said.

The City, which owned the building, and the Yamboree Association split the $20,000 brought in by the sale, he said.

The Yamboree Association used a portion of their share for downtown Christmas lighting, Ellington said.

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