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QUITMAN, GA (WALB) –You can enjoy a Christmas parade, church tours and tree and toy giveaways from a pro football player this weekend in Quitman.
It all starts Saturday morning with the parade and visits with Santa Claus at the Courthouse Gazebo.
Visitors can also tour several Brooks County historic churches.
A truckload of gifts donated by former Brooks County Trojan and NFL player Marcus Stroud.
"We'd like for Atlanta to pick him up so he's closer to home but we're certainly proud of the things he's doing," said Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman. "This is something big here, but it's big and awful nice him to give away presents to the young people that need them here in Brooks County."
"We thought what a better way to highlight the heritage and architecture in Brooks County then with a tour of churches," said Lauren Basford with Destination Brooks County.
Christmas trees will also be given away for those who need them.
And if you don't have a away to get those trees home, Quitman police will deliver them for you.
Here's a press release from Destination Brooks County:
CHRISTMAS IN BROOKS COUNTY
This Saturday, December 18th will be a special day here in Brooks County as our community comes together to celebrate the Christmas holiday with a variety of festivities. The day will begin with a Christmas Parade through historic Downtown Quitman at 10am followed immediately by a visit from Santa Claus himself at the Courthouse Gazebo. Visitors will be treated to cookies, hot chocolate, and gifts from Santa.
At noon, Destination Brooks, the Quitman-Brooks County Tourism Project, will host "The Sights & Sounds of Brooks County", a holiday tour of several of Brooks County's historic churches. The tours will highlight churches in Quitman and Grooverville decked out in their holiday best. The Grooverville Church tour will be held from 12-2pm while the Quitman tour will be from 2-4pm. Your tour can begin at any of the participating churches. For more details including directions, please visit the Destination Brooks blog: http://qbctourism.wordpress.com/.
This fun-filled day will conclude with a Christmas Tree Lighting on the Courthouse Square at 6pm complete with Christmas caroling. All visitors are encouraged to shop locally on this joyful day and continue throughout the holiday season.
Thank you to all of the community partners for their support: All For Kids Future, Brooks County CASA, Quitman-Brooks County Chamber of Commerce, Brooks County Family Connections, Brooks County High School, Board of City Commissioners, Chiropractic Works Health Center, Destination Brooks, Janet Devane, Julie Connell, Jennifer Sherrill, Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home, The Seasons Flower Market, Garden & Gifts - James Bednar, Quitman Fire Department, and the Quitman Police Department.
For more information on how you can participate, please contact Cindy Dooly at 229-605-9909 or James Bednar at 229-605-0077.