Lighted Parade Creates a Small Town Christmas Song

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Tim and Tiny Tim watch the parade route for big sister and mom.

Small towns and their traditions…they warm the heart.

Last night, the twin towns of Redway and Garberville shared a little magic. The rains stopped just long enough for a miniature parade to wend its way through the streets. Handcrafted floats built by community members and youth groups sparkled and shone to an inaudible Christmas tune that sounded something like this:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

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(Yes, the So Hum on Patrol float really had an open fire on their float. Though we’re not sure about the chestnuts.)

Jack Frost nipping at your nose (Yes, it was cold. We helped hold a Christmas tree upright on a float across the Bluffs and our fingers were icy!)
Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir

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The Miranda 4-H must have been humming here but Jingle Bells and Rudolf were shouted out with glee at other times.

And folks dressed up like Eskimos

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Niki Stark on the 4-H float bundled up warmly.

Everybody knows a puppy and some Christmas lights
Help to make the season bright

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Tiny tots on floats all aglow

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(The float wasn’t moving when this was taken.)

Will find it hard to sleep tonight

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(Though little Asher’s drowsy snuggle against older 4-H friend Malachi Church looks promising.)

They know that Santa’s on his way (He came in a couple of versions.)

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He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh (a whole gingerbread house!)

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And every mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if someone they know goes traveling by 

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Parade viewers in Garberville.

And so I’m offering this simple thanks
To all the folks who put on this do
Although it’s been said many times, many ways

Merry Christmas to you!

And a huge thank you.

To the Soroptimists Club and all the organizations and people that work so hard to brighten people’s lives.

And the winners of the float competitions are….

parade (13 of 17)BEST OVERALL – won by So Hum on Patrol

Sponsors: GR Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.; Underwood’s Drive Thru Tree Park;
The Stonery; Mateel Community Center; Barnum Timber Company;
The Trader; Karen Miclette Insurance; Humboldt House Inn;
Milt’s Saw Shop; Mendes Mini Storage; Cecil’s New Orleans Bistro


parade (1 of 17)MOST CHRISTMAS SPIRIT – won by Bulldogs – Sponsors: Clary’s Auto Parts, Redway True Value and Parkinson’s Building Materials





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– won by So Humb Unified School Dist- Sponsors: Julie and Dennis Brunken’s Cricke Trips Transportation and Emerald Technologies



BEST ANIMATION won by Ashley Lewis– Sponsors: Sacred Heart Healing Center, Boldt’s Commercial Fishing and Stone Junction (Cute dog pictured above.)

parade best (1 of 1)BEST CHRISTMAS THEME won by Miranda 4-H – Sponsors: Whitethorn Construction, Cadillac Wok, and Crystal Arbuthnot Bookkeeping

JUDGE’S CHOICE won by Garberville Lions Club (Santa, Frosty, Rudolph pictured above)– Sponsors: Evergreen Mini Storage, Jim & Marie Johnson and family

MOST ORIGINAL won by Crystal Arbuthnot Bookkeeping (gingerbread house pictured above) – Sponsors: Sicilito’s, Humboldt Bar & Grill, and the staff at Woodrose Cafe

Honorable Mention: Garberville Boutique (see below—this was taken before the riders got on board.)

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