Urbanna Christmas Parade winners listed
|Ken McAuley (above) of American Legion Post #82 in Saluda rides in Friday night’s Urbanna Hometown Christmas Parade. Attached to McAuley’s motorcycle are the flags representing the five branches of the U.S. military, which were honored as the parade grand marshals. (Photo by Larry Chowning)|
Urbanna celebrated its annual “Hometown Christmas Parade” Friday night with a variety of riding and walking entries and a visit from Santa Claus. The parade featured elves, clowns, floats, fire trucks, antique cars and much more.
The annual parade, sponsored by the Town of Urbanna and the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, is a joy of winter for everyone who attends.
The winners in the annual parade are as follows:
- Judges Award, to Model A Rat Rod and Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department.
- Mayor’s Award, BB&T.
- Commercial floats, first place, EVB Bank; and second place, Bail Bondsman (Macey White).
- Non-commercial floats, first place, Urbanna Baptist Church; and second place, Urbanna Baptist Day Care.
- Walking units, first place, Cat in Hat; and second place, Raggedy Ann & Andy.
- Specialty Unit Award, Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad.
- Equestrian Award, Stars and Blazes.
- Best Appearing Fire Truck, Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department.
Urbanna Christmas Parade chair Lois B. Brooks, a member of the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, issued the following statement this week:
There are many people to thank for the parade last Friday. We hope we have left no one out. Thank you to our co-sponsors, the Town of Urbanna who have helped us sponsor this event each year.
Others are: Urbanna Market for its donation and assistance in delivering food for us; the Southside Sentinel for helping to keep our community informed; Church View Septic for its kind donation; Bill Hight and Scott Orrell; Middlesex County Sheriff David Bushey and his staff for all of their help; Tom Davis for serving as master of ceremonies; Kevin Gentry, Glen Nix and Wayne Jessie for providing the sound systems in town; and Tripp Ashby, who videoed the entire evening.
We also thank Hermitage Baptist Church Choir for singing carols at R.S. Bristow Store; “Jubal” and Pastor Hyung Moon from Urbanna United Methodist Church for sharing their musical talents; Camper Trophies for providing the awards for the evening; Gary Thimsen for his beautiful trains; Chick-fil-A for entertaining the children while they waited to see Santa; and to Pat Marshall and Harrow’s Home Center for all their help.
We also thank our new Oyster Festival Queen, Allison Payne, and Little Miss Spat, Bailey Fairheart, for being Santa’s helpers; John Mullins for the use of his parking lot, Bob Henkel, Michael Longest, Jonathan Longest and Bill Shuman for lining up the parade; judges, Ron Jeffries from WIGO radio and Bay 101 in Kilmarnock; Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Rhodes of Gloucester; Judy Pitts and her helpers, Carolyn and Bob Henkel, Betty Coulson, Mary Kay Hight, Diane Luttrell and Joyce Eanes.
Our biggest thank-you for the evening goes to our military members, whom we honored for this year’s parade. We can’t say thank you enough for what you have done and continue to do for our country; the sacrifices you made to allow us to remain free today; and the sacrifices your families have also made. Again, we say thank you to one and all.
Thanks to all who participated in this year’s parade. You did an outstanding job. We also want to thank all of the firemen who helped the auxiliary get ready for the evening and to all who worked behind the scenes to make our town festive.
What’s a Christmas Parade without Santa? Thanks Santa for taking time from your busy schedule to be with us in Urbanna. And finally, we thank the community for coming out and being a part of our annual Hometown Christmas Parade.