Christmas parade successful despite bitter cold

December 7, 2013
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2013 Miss Rain Day Stephanie Mitchell and retired Waynesburg Borough Police Chief Timothy Hawfield served as Grand Marshals for the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade in Waynesburg Saturday. Order a Print
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The Seldom Seen Farm float with its Santa’s Toy Shop theme took first place in the 2013 Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. Order a Print

WAYNESBURG – It was below freezing Saturday in Waynesburg but the streets were filled with parade goers for the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.

Roughly 90 parade units rolled, walked, danced, marched and trotted along High Street in the borough for more than an hour. Parade chairperson Melody Longstreth said she was pleased with the turnout on such a cold day.

The parade was led by a horse drawn carriage with Grand Marshals Tim Hawfield, 2013 Chamber of Commerce distinguished service award winner, and 2013 Miss Rain Day Stephanie Mitchell of Carmichaels. 2013 Chamber of Commerce distinguished service award winner, the late Johnny McCracken, also a grand marshal, was represented by his brother Jeff McCracken.

Vendors up and down High Street sold baked goods, sandwiches, walking tacos, hot dogs, pizza and other eat-and-run options to the crowd, and hot chocolate was in high demand.

The creativity of Seldom Seen Farms earned the top float honor for 2013. Its Santa’s Toy Shop theme was complete with live elves, packages, candy canes, Christmas trees and rocking horses.

Grabbing second place honors was Greene Arc’s appropriately themed recycling float with a conveyor belt taking various items up and into a recycling bin. The agency, the recycling agent for Greene County, accepts newspapers, office papers, cardboard, cans, plastic and glass at its facility in Ruff Creek.

The third place float prize was awarded to the Greene County Relay for Life celebrating a Happy Birthday for cancer survivors. Its large birthday cake was surrounded by Christmas trees and presents.

As a medley of “Joy to the World,” “Jingle Bells” and “Here Comes Santa Claus,” played by the Waynesburg Central High School marching band, was heard in front of the courthouse, Santa’s location was being closely monitored.

“Santa is at Richhill Street,” came across the scanner in the Observer-Reporter office.

It wasn’t long after he was on his way down High Street bringing smiles to the dozens of children in attendance.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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