Outstanding members of the community deserve recognition for their contributions to the community. The Pondtown Festival committee is pleased to announced that Sybil Williamson will be the grand marshal of the 2016 Pondtown Festival Parade. “Williamson’s many years of dedicated service to the Rhine community make her more than worthy of this honor,” says Jennifer White, a member of the Pondtown Festival Committee.
“It’s really an honor,” says Williamson, “I love Rhine, it’s my hometown. I moved here in the fourth grade, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else; Rhine is my Mayberry.”
Williamson “loves the festival. It is good for the town for people to come and see it. I am really excited for all of the festivities that the festival brings. It also brings back people to Rhine that haven’t been in a while, and it brings new people into the community as well.” Williamson says.
Williamson is the widow of Lynn Williamson. The couple were married for 34 years before he passed away in October of 2015. They began the tradition of the Rhine Christmas Parade. Williamson fought cancer in 2015 and early 2016, but is now happy to be able to say that she is cancer free.
Williamson is a devout member of Rhine Baptist Church, and has worked at the Rhine branch of CB&T since 1998. Williamson has two dogs, Coco and Fancy. She enjoys reading, connecting with people on Facebook, and completing word searches.
The Pondtown Festival will be held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. with lineup at 1:00 p.m. at the old school. Buddy Jewell will perform beginning at 8:00 p.m.