Lighted Parade Creates a Small Town Christmas Song
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
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
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a puppy and some Christmas lights
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots on floats all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight
They know that Santa’s on his way (He came in a couple of versions.)
And every mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if someone they know goes traveling by
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….
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
– 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.)
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.)