Beneath a beautiful, clear sky and just enough chill in the air to make it seem like Christmas is just around the corner, Monticello’s Christmas Parade made its way down Main Street Tuesday night, with a host of emergency vehicles, floats, marching bands, and politicians and beauty queens.

The parade ended at the Drew County Historical Museum on South Main for the traditional candlelight tour, visits with Santa and hot cider and cookies served in the log cabin behind the museum.

But there was magic of a different kind at the parade when Jay Dyson surprised Megan Wilson with a marriage proposal.

Dyson, before a large crowd of parade-goers with microphone in hand, called Megan to a stage on the town square and proposed.

“I’ve come to love you more than you could ever know and nothing would make me any happier than to spend the rest of my life with you. With you by my side, that’s all I could ask for,” Dyson said before getting down on bended knee and asking, “Megan, will you marry me?”

She accepted.

Center’s Youth and Family Services’ Up on the Housetop


Madison Norris helps Kelly Koonce stoke the fire in the log cabin at the Drew County Historical Museum


Shady Grove Baptist Church’s Angels We Have Heard on High


Jelly Bean Junction Winter Wonderland


Santa hears Christmas wishes at the museum