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Holiday season started with Parade of Lights held Nov. 24

A large crowd turned out on a lovely winter night to take in the annual Holiday Parade of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 24. The seventh annual event was sponsored by the Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce and Masons.
Although numbers were down in this year’s parade, enthusiasm was high! Participating in the parade were Gettysburg Medical Center Auxiliary, Potter County Library Bookmobile, Bank West of Onida, Lamb Motors, Chamber of Commerce/Snow Queens, Masonic Lodge, Gettysburg Volunteer Fire Department, and the Gettysburg EMTs.
Leading the parade was Santa and Mrs. Claus who were escorted by the Gettysburg Volunteer Fire Department in honor of the 103rd Firemen’s Ball. Parade Marshal was Beryl Clark.
Parade winners were selected by votes from those attending the the soup supper at the Masonic Lodge. First place honors with $100 in Chamber Cash went to the Bookmobile, with the Medical Center Auxiliary winning $50 for second place, and third prize of $25 went to Lamb Motors.

Second place honors in the Parade of Lights floats went to the Gettysburg Medical Center Auxiliary. Accepting the award of $50 in Chamber Cash from Santa was Stella Nagel on behalf of the auxiliary.

The Masonic Lodge smelled like good things to eat thanks to the cooking crew who made a variety of delicious homemade soups for the supper which was held following the parade. Folks who attended also voted for the winning floats. Part of the crew who put together the event were (l to r) Larry Madsen, Donn Quiett, and Rich Clark.

Santa’s elves helped pass out candy canes along the parade route. This year the elves were members of the Gettysburg Boy Scouts. Pictured with Santa are (l to r) Ashton Larson (Katie and Tony), Grant Luikens (Joel and Mandy), Carter Luikens (Joel and Mandy), and Connor Larson (Jenny and David).
Photos by Molly McRoberts

“Greetings from our house to yours” was the message sent on this cute holiday float entered by Lamb Motors. The float won third place in the parade.

Marsha Osier has helped as the parade director for the Chamber since the parade started seven years ago.

The Potter County Bookmobile took first place honors in the Holiday Parade of Lights. Designed by Holly Wright, it featured Santa on a toboggan, sledding down a snow pile off the top of the Bookmobile. Holly was at the wheel and her co-pilot through the parade was Logan Decker (Rick and Kari).