Christmas off to a good start here

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Photo by David Keyes. Kinley Groshelle, left, and Lily Hiltabrand screamed with delight as the fireworks went off. Firefighter Shane Willis and Pierson Markegard were a little more restrained.

A little rain, an appearance from the Grinch and even a trip to the hospital by the event organizer didn’t keep this year’s version of Laurel’s Christmas to Remember parade from being one of biggest ones in history.

The first visit of the year from Santa Claus on Sunday was greeted with fireworks in the background and adoring children in the foreground as the holiday season officially kicked off.

Princess Kacie Stahl and Prince Payton Fox got first dibs at Santa as they rode in Santa’s sleigh on Main Street. But instead of the sleigh being guided by Rudolph and company, St. Nick was led by a legion of huffing and puffing firefighters.

“What great looking children you have in Laurel,” said Santa as he made his way through the crowd before he started greeting children.

Mrs. Claus was also in fine form as she passed out candy.

The CTR parade had more entries than it has in recent years and people lined the entire parade route. Some businesses stayed open and the New ​Hope Fellowship Church—on the corner of Main and First Avenue—served hot drinks and cookies to anyone who wandered in.

This was the year River Ridge Landscaping decided to make an impact in the parade. The company had no fewer than 10 vehicles in the parade and also featured a precision riding lawnmower brigade.

For its efforts, the company won Best of Show.

Grinch was also part of the River Ridge armada.

Other winners in the parade were:

• ACE Hardware – Best Business

• Baptist Church – Best Church

• Lighted display – Woman on a horse

• Best Youth Group – Girl Scouts

• Best Civic Group – Lions

• Best Youth Sports – Laurel’s state champion girls soccer team.

• Best Youth Sports boys – Extreme football

• Best lighted vehicle – Gideon Trucking

Jean Carroll Thompson, who organizes CTR, was hospitalized Sunday morning so she couldn’t judge or oversee Sunday’s activities, tapped her husband and others to pull off the event.

Parade starts at 5:30 in video.


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