Charleston Christmas Parade Well Attended Even With Cold Weather

Even with having to postpone the Charleston Christmas parade because of the ice storm and with the continuing cold weather the parade still had several quality entries and a large crowd of area residents to watch.

As an added bonus area residents were also delighted to see the Charleston Courthouse and Main Street lit up with Christmas lights.

The parade was led by City and County law enforcement officers.

Gene and Joy Brown served as Parade Grand Marshals this year and were driven by David Rice in a new Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, furnished by HugGM.

The Charleston American Legion Post # 8 presented the flags at the start of the parade.

In the large float division, Enterprise Free Will Baptist Church was the winner. The Charleston Assembly of God Church was second and the Rancho Round-up 4-H Club was third.

In the small float division the McCurdy family won first place, with Jacob Brewton finishing second and The American Legion Post #8 finishing third.

Doug Schwartz was the first place winner in the Antique Automobile division with a 1937 Chevrolet. Dale Rice was second with his 1953 Ford and Buddy Hug was third with his1955 Chevrolet.

Haygen Karns won first place in the ATV/Scooter Division. Andy Karns and George Ross tied for second.

Santa also rode in the parade on one of the city’s fire trucks and visited with many area children after the parade in the showroom of HugGM handing out candy to the many youngsters. The candy each year is donated and prepared by the City of Charleston.

Cash prizes for the Christmas Parade are furnished by the Charleston Chamber of Commerce. First, second and third place prizes of $125, $75 and $50 are awarded in the large float category, with $85, $60, and $40 given for small floats and $35, $25, and $15 given for first, second and third, for antique autos and antique tractors. Prizes of $35, $25, and $15 are also given for first, second and third, in the ATV’s/Motorcycle-Scooter division. Prizes for decorated bikes are $15, $10, and $7:50.

Prize money can be picked up at the Charleston Express office.