The Aiken Jaycees Thursday honored the winning entries from the Aiken Jaycee Christmas Parade in several categories.

The theme for December’s parade for 2012 was Cartoon Christmas. The awards were presented in front of the Aiken Visitor’s Center and Train Museum.

In the religious category, the first place winner was Second Baptist Men’s Ministry, and the second place winner was the St. Gerard Sunday School class.

Richard Johnson said, “On behalf of the Second Baptist Church and its pastor, Rev. Douglas A. Slaughter, we extend our sincere appreciation to the Aiken Jaycees for bringing the community together in the annual Christmas parade. May the blessing of the almighty continue to be our guide.”

In the school category, the first place winner was Mead Hall, and the second place winner was St. Mary Help of Christian Catholic School.

Deborah Holtzcheiter of Mead Hall said of their float, “It was a lot of work to create Whoville, complete with the Grinch, but it was also a lot of fun. We were appreciative for the great turnout of all ages from Mead Hall.”

The first place overall winner was the Southern Thunder Cloggers, and the second place overall winner was Wayne’s Automotive.

Southern Thunder Cloggers is a national award-winning team located in Aiken, and in addition to their clogging cartoon characters, their float featured Shelby Cameron, Miss Greater Irmo Teen.

Jeff and Sherry Corbett of Wayne’s Automotive said, “Our company employees enjoyed the theme and coming up with our float featuring Disney’s Tow Mater.”

The Aiken Jaycees wishes to thank all entries, the Aiken Department of Public Safety, Morris Farms, CJ’s Towing, Aiken Motorcycle, Bailey’s Communications, Channel 6, ASTV95 and more for their dedication and support of the 2012 parade.

Information for the 2013 Aiken Jaycee Christmas parade will be available on the Aiken Jaycee website,, on Sept. 1.