Prattville Mayor lights City Christmas tree

Pep rally for Prattville Lions

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Prattville Mayor Jim Byard Jr. and Leanne Thompson of Mix 103.3 - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville Mayor Jim Byard Jr. and Leanne Thompson of Mix 103.3 - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – Despite the chill in the air, several hundred people showed up at City Hall Thursday night to enjoy hot chocolate, musical entertainment, and to celebrate the sights of the season as Mayor Jim Byard Jr. lit the Christmas tree in downtown Prattville.

JT and Leanne Thompson of Mix 103.3 emceed the activities that included performances by the Mann Studio, the Prattville Performing Arts Center, and the Prattville Pops.

Children of all ages came to visit Santa Claus who made a grand entrance riding the City’s “planted” fire tuck which was decorated in lights and tinsel. Santa landed in Heritage Park to visit with all of the boys and girls.

Santa Claus listening to a wish list at Heritage Park - Photo by Marc Parker

Santa Claus listening to a wish list at Heritage Park - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville residents Robert and Jennifer Bepko came out to enjoy the holiday ambiance. Their four-year-old twins, Madison and Avery, were involved in a routine with other dancers from the Prattville Center for Performing Arts. But, the girls were most interested in visiting with Santa and placing their lists for Christmas.

“I want a Barbie set for Christmas,” said Madison.

Five-year-old Faithlyn Chetelot, however, wanted to make sure that Santa would not have a problem shopping for her gifts.

“I’d like to have everything,” she said.

Faithlyn’s brother, three-year-old James, stated very plainly that he would like to have “the golden sword that he saw at Wal-Mart.”

Jensie Chetelot and son James - Photo by Marc Parker

Jensie Chetelot and son James - Photo by Marc Parker

Both Faithlyn and James are the children of Steve and Jensie Chetelot, a military family who are originally from the state of Washington.

Councilman Nathan Fank also attended the festivities and was asked what he wanted for Christmas.

“For all of us to remember the true meaning of the Christmas season … that it’s not about the gifts, it’s about giving and the love,” he answered.

The Prattville High School cheerleaders and band were on hand to lead everyone in a pep rally for the Prattville Lions football team who will be playing the Hoover Bucs for the State Championship on Friday night in Tuscaloosa.

At 6:15, Byard (with the help of Champ, the Lions’ mascot) turned the lights on the beautifully decorated tree in front of City Hall.

“I am so glad there is a big crowd here tonight to see the lighting of the Christmas tree and to cheer the Prattville Lions on to their 4th consecutive Championship,” Byard said as he flipped the switch.

Article by Melissa Parker

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