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Christmas parade float dedicated to the Ballard family

The float was dedicated to Crystal Rogers, who has been missing since July of 2015, and her father, Tommy Ballard, who was shot to death while hunting on Nov. 19. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The float was dedicated to Crystal Rogers, who has been missing since July of 2015, and her father, Tommy Ballard, who was shot to death while hunting on Nov. 19. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - The annual Bardstown Christmas parade included cheers, smiles and several floats.

"As soon as I saw it, my emotions just overcame me," Melissa Reynolds said after watching the parade.

Just hours before, the final touches were done to the one float that brought some people tears.

"It's very emotional for everyone here involved as well as the town," Mary Taylor, a friend of missing Bardstown woman, Crystal Rogers, said.

"A tribute to Tommy and to Crystal just to show our love and support," another family friend, Sammy Johnson said.

The float was dedicated to Crystal Rogers and her father, Tommy Ballard, who was shot to death while hunting on Nov. 19.

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The float was a way to keep their memories alive and for the community to show their support. 

"We hope that they remember Tommy, they remember Crystal and they remember the family," Taylor said.

The float was accompanied by about 30 people. Those carrying walking sticks were also part of Crystal's search team.

The float was second to last in the parade.

"We all want answers. That's what it's about, is answers," Reynolds said.

Having the float in the Christmas parade, reminded some of how special this time of year is and how much love the Ballard family actually needs.

"It was beautiful though and it was very heartfelt," Reynolds said. "It was very heartfelt and I was so pleased that they did that for our community."

Last year a float dedicated to Crystal Rogers was part of the same parade. That float was Tommy Ballard's idea.

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