It may not begin to look a lot like Christmas, but it’s starting to feel like Christmas is on the way and the town of Kilmichael is preparing for the annual lighting of the square.
During its Tuesday, Nov. 6 board meeting Mayor Bobby Howell told aldermen the town had been approved for a grant with Visit Mississippi. “It’s a $2,000 grant, but we have to spend some first to get it then we’ll be reimbursed.”
Town Clerk Pauline Hall said the town has to spend $1,500 and a chunk has to be spent on advertising. Howell said he wants to contact WTVA to do a television ad for the grant. “We just have to say ‘it’s sponsored by Visit Mississippi somewhere in the ad,” he said.
He said the town was awarded the grant before, but because they didn’t spend any money they didn’t receive the grant and weren’t eligible for it last year. But, they were eligible to apply this year. Each year, Kilmichael’s festive lights and nativity scene brings many to the town who may have never heard of Kilmichael to see the lights.
The lighting of the square will take place after Kilmichael Christmas parade, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. Anyone who has a float and has been in a previous parade are welcome to attend and they are asking for participants not to enter four wheelers. Participants can enter at Town Hall.