COTR shines spotlight on city

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 7, 2004

editorial writer

Christmas on the River was simply unbelievable this year. From the very first COTR event – the Demopolis Singers who performed at First Baptist Church on Nov. 28 – through the Christmas on the River Dance at the Civic Center Saturday night, the spotlight shown brightly on the River City this year.

Christmas on the River isn’t an event that takes place on a whim. Men and women throughout the area work year-round to make sure everyone has an outstanding time. On behalf of the entire community, we offer our thanks to all who make the event Demopolis’ shining star, and in particular our thanks goes to the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce, the city council, and members of various committees – like Jack Cooley’s

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"barbecue committee" and Mike Black’s nautical parade committee, for their dedication to making our event unique.

More than 2,000 people passed through the BBQ Cookoff gates – perhaps the largest turnout yet. Attendance was strong, too, at other events such as the Fair in the Square and the Children’s Day Parade. While rain hampered the turnout to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s COTR performance, the musicians put on a world-class show.

Estimates put attendance at Christmas in the Canebrake above 300 at Bluff Hall, with similar crowds at Gaineswood and Lyon Hall.

Such a strong showing throughout the week-long celebration is indicative of the planning and preparation that goes on behind the scenes.

To everyone whose diligence, patience and talents went into Christmas on the River 2004, we offer our salute.

Thank you for putting us in the Christmas spirit.