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Coweta celebrates season with parade, first annual tree lighting ceremony

Chelsea Copeland / Red Dirt Report
Coweta held their first annual tree lighting ceremony.
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COWETA, Okla. - It’s Christmastime in Oklahoma and many towns and cities are celebrating. Last weekend, Coweta had its annual parade and first community tree lighting ceremony.

In honor of their resounding success at their competitions this year, the Coweta Tiger Pride Marching Band was the grand marshal. The band has been State Champs eight years in a row and came in eleventh place at the Super Regionals in Georgia.

Numerous floats were in attendance from Girl and Boy Scout Troops, churches and local businesses. A float even had the infamous Grinch caged but he escaped and gave chase on the parade route. Thanks to a brave police officer, the Grinch was captured and locked up once more, allowing Coweta to take delight at his expense.

The Grinch made an appearance at the parade. (Chelsea Copeland / Red Dirt Report)

After the parade, many citizens visited Coweta Hardware and Lumber to choose an angel from the Angel Tree; this year, not only children were on the tree, but senior citizens as well.

Located in Centennial Plaza Park on Broadway, Coweta’s first community Christmas tree lighting was directly after the parade. With music from the highs school band and the park trees decked in lights, it was a festive event. Many local businesses came together to make it happen.

“The real thanks goes to the citizens of Coweta for donating the decorations,” Dixie Olson, owner of Dixie’s Café, said.  “Jennifer and Justin Collins, owners of Completely Random and myself have wanted a special tree with festivities for the last four years since we've moved our businesses to Downtown Coweta. We love this town and we decided to jump in and asked a few other local businesses to help us be able to complete our desire to bring Coweta into the light.”

Dixie’s Café handed out cookies and Coweta’s First National Bank (next door to the plaza) handed out hot chocolate before the lighting. Down the road, the fire department had chili for the patrons.

“Coweta Lumber donated the wood for the painted wood decoration from the owner Misty. Coweta Floral Owner, Janice created wreaths and flowers for the park. Boy Scout Troop 646 donated the 12ft tree for our event.  The Chamber of Commerce shared our event on their page to help reach many people. The City Manager Roger Kohlman has been wonderful to work with and attended the tree lighting along with the mayor of Coweta (Evette Morris) who spoke at the Lighting Ceremony.

“This project took about three weeks to get everything together. Then it took a few of us four days to put it all up. Justin Richards, owner of AFR helped Jennifer and myself decorate the park as well as Lauren Morales and Diana Harris. We stayed late after work and worked on placing lights and ornaments to ensure this would be a wonderful family event for all ages to enjoy. We could not have done this without the citizens of Coweta. They donated everything we used to create a spectacular 1st Annual Christmas Tree Festivity. We are truly honored and thankful to belong to such an amazing community.”

The children of Coweta hand painted the ornaments on the tree. Janice Pearson, owner of Coweta Floral and the Junktique said,  “The tree lighting went very well. The kids that painted the ornaments earlier in the week were so excited to see theirs on the tree. Such a great turnout.”

Knowing what I know about Coweta, next year, the festivities will only get bigger and better.

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