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Annual Easter Bonnet Contest for 2014
An old fashioned Easter Bonnet parade with a new twist!
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Too wet a day for the whole promenade, but we had fun ... and we had some AWESOME bonnets!
Under 14 winners: Emma Grace & Grant Palmer
Overall winner: Barb Wilcox (Mast General Store theme).

Easter Bonnet Promenade steps off Saturday

         by Emily Weaver

MICHAEL JUSTUS/Times-News, File Come one, come all in hats big and small to one of the great springtime events in downtown Hendersonville, the Easter Bonnet Promenade. The event will start at 11 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Main Street.
Mary Jo McKee, of Hendersonville, puts on an Easter hat she made at the start of the Easter Bonnet Promenade held downtown in 2010. Participants are invited to participate in the parade on Saturday starting at the 400 block on Main Street.
Billed as “an old-fashioned Easter bonnet parade with a new twist,” the promenade is held in the middle of the city's annual “Tulip Extravaganza.” It was inspired by Barbara Ladner, who always enjoyed “old-timey” celebrations, said event organizer Barbara Hughes.

Hughes started it several years ago. “I love all the old-fashioned occasions from the past, hence all my other events, 'Chalk It Up!,' 'Mighty Kite Flight,' 'Gingerbread Cookie Contest,'” she said. “Their commonality is family-oriented; good, clean fun.
“Remember when you got your Easter dress and hat and how special they made you feel? That's what I am trying to re-create. I want people to 'unplug' from technology and 'connect' to life. Make memories with their families.”

The promenade is open to all age groups. Churches are encouraged to have their parishioners participate. People who wish to participate in the contest should gather at the platform in the 400 block (east side) at 11 a.m. and saunter southward for five blocks. Participants will then cross to the west side of Main Street and promenade north to the 600 block, cross to the east and amble back to the center of the 400 block.

This year, the hats will be judged in two categories: ages 14 and younger and older folks. Winners are given a basket from Narnia Studios.

“Wear your finest or 'funnest' hat and join in. The hats are voted on and prizes awarded,” Hughes explained. For more information, call 828-697-6393.


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