JACKSON, LA (WAFB) - Saturday, December 12th, the City of Jackson Louisiana will go ZANY. It's the 10th Annual running of the Ebenezer Scrooge Memorial Reindeer Race.
The event dominates the main street of Jackson for a wild race that has morphed over the years after small disasters. It proves there is risk to this push for Reindeer Race gold.
Jim Hendrickson, a guilty party in this assault on good taste, said "When we first started we used kiddies tricycles. Mayor Billy Daquilla kept breaking the wheels. So for a couple of years, we used wheelchairs and Billy again broke the wheels. We had to go to the more robust vehicles. The first year, Billy fell over and they ran the picture in the St Francisville Democrat with him sprawled on the street with the broken tricycle. The caption read, "Billy's fallen and he can't get up! We tried commodes (as in toilets) mounted on platforms. And my wife and several others thought that was a little uncouth. So we got rid of the commodes and got sort of surrogate reindeer. They're actually wooden barrels with reindeer faces on them."
It was the barrel reindeer that Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards rode while still a state representative. Hendrickson said Edwards showed up unannounced and even though there was a toilet on the frame, asked if he could ride in the race. People loved it.
This year, the all-star lineup includes the Mayors of Clinton, Jackson, Norwood, St. Francisville, and Wilson, a 20th Circuit Court Judge, the East Feliciana Sheriff, the District Attorney, the East Feliciana Assessor and Clerk of Court, the CEO of the hospital, Superintendents of Schools in East and West Felicianas, the Jackson Marshal and the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department.
There are trophies to be won and bragging rights are huge.
"Everyone knows it's a little unusual," Hendrickson laughs. "But there's absolutely no admission charge, and the only cost to participants is maybe the humiliation."
So find your way to Jackson Louisiana, Sunday December 12th. The races start at 3 pm.
And why not make a day of it?
The City of Jackson will hold a time capsule ceremony in their Town Hall Park starting at 1:30 pm.
Jackson has been celebrating its Bicentennial this year and this is their finale.
They'll also offer live Christmas music and refreshments.