The wacky 10th annual Ebenezer Scrooge Memorial Reindeer Races, sponsored by the Jackson Tourism Enhancement Committee, took off in downtown Jackson on Dec. 12, with six teams competing for trophies and bragging rights.
Teams of two compete. One teammate is called the Motivating Individual and the other, the Sleigh Executive Rider, determines the direction of the “reindeer.”
Officials from both East and West Feliciana parish communities were invited to enter racing teams and represent their various governmental and law enforcement agencies, municipalities and parish school boards.
A father-daughter team comprised of East Feliciana Clerk of Court David Dart and his daughter, Josie, competed alongside East Feliciana schools Superintendent Carlos Sam and his friend, Tim Williams.
Other teams vying for trophies included Norwood Police Chief James Nevel and Capt. Zack Beasley; Larry and Natalie Sagely, of the Jackson Town Marshal’s Office; Holly Gilmore, from the town of Jackson, and Mac Boyd, of the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department; Crystal Maples and Lisa Morris, from the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; and Steve Lea and Rick Courtney, representing East Louisiana Mental Health System.
JTEC’s Jim Hendrickson was the starter and emcee and was assisted by other officials, who are volunteers from the community.
A new twist to the races this year was having the Motivating Individuals wear blindfolds while walking backward during the championship round. All teams received a certificate for participating, and the top teams won trophies.
Winners were Norwood’s Chief Nevel and Capt. Beasley, first place; Lea and Courtney, second place; and the Sagelys, third place.