Four Oaks Holds Christmas Celebration, Parade

Four Oaks hosted its Christmas celebration in Barbour’s Grove Park with food trucks, crafts and bouncy houses Saturday.

The celebration quieted down at 11 a.m. when the Christmas parade kicked off.

Cousins Karrie Holmes and Adams Lopez, both of Four Oaks, were wearing their matching Pokémon sweaters and having a big time.

Ava Farmer, 1, was all decked out for her first parade. She was with her mother, Whitney Williams, girls basketball coach at South Johnston.

For Emilee Byrd, 6, of Four Oaks, the Disney characters were her favorites. She brought her doll with her to enjoy the parade.

“More princesses,” she called out and she jumped up and down. “Elsa! Oh, wow, Olaf!”

She was with 3-year-old Dillon Prado. The two children’s moms, both originally from Four Oaks, came together. After Dillon agreed to a photo-op with the Dunn Clowns, he changed his mind as they got nearer.

“These clowns are scary. They got big noses and their pants come down,” he said.

One clown, Donnie Phillips, does do a dance routine with an unsuspecting woman and drops his pants in the process.

In addition to the antique tractors, Four Oaks also hosted the Liberty Long Ears mule club as well as the Lassiter Pond and Friends miniature mules which were dressed up in Christmas attire.

Immediately following the parade, Santa arrived back in Barbour’s Grove Park to greet the children. Jerzi Dressley, 3, and Michael Lynch, 2, both of Four Oaks, were first in line.

After the parade, family gathered around at Four Oaks Restaurant to take photos of Gunner Harris, 3, and Stacy Kate Leveris, 1. Both had been in the parade. Gunner rode with his grandpa on an antique tractor and Stacy Kate is Doll Miss Princess of Harnett County.

-Dunn Daily Record