John Leatherman elected Dec. 3rd as Cat Square's mayor for 2016...the mayor's only official duty is to ride in the parade.
(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)
Wayne Howard Reporter
In its 43 year history, the Cat Square Parade has only had rain one time. Saturday (Dec. 10th) the weather was clear but cold and hundreds lined Cat Square Road to watch the parade. It took an hour and twenty minutes from the time the parade began at 2 PM for all the entries to pass the starting point at the intersection of Zur Leonard/Dan Rhyne roads and Cat Square Road.
The West Lincoln High School Band was at the front of the lineup that included Cat Square Mayor John Leatherman, elected a week earlier in the annual election that selects one person to be honored as mayor and ride in the parade, the only official duty of the high office.
Eden Ledford, Little Miss Cat Square, the daughter of Davey and Ashley Ledford, a first grader at Childers Elementary School, and Miss Cat Square 2016 Mattie Hoyle, the daughter of Ricky and Bronda Hoyle of Crouse, a junior at WLHS were also selected in voting Dec. 3rd at Cat Square Superette. The Grand Marshals for this year's parade were Gene Sain and Kim Houser Jenkins.
There were tractors and antique cars and trucks, fire trucks, visiting dignitaries from other nearby areas including Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley and Catawba County district attorney David Ledford, plus at least a half dozen Santa's (although only one was the real Santa Claus, the others must have been Santa's helpers).
Kids along the parade route collected more candy than they ever got at Halloween, and as parade organizer Quita Biggerstaff remarked at the end of the day, "a good time was had by all."
Christmas parades continue this week. After the Casar parade Sunday at 3 PM, Stanley's parade is scheduled for Wednesday at 3 PM; and Hardin has its parade next Saturday (17th) at 11 AM.
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