Crowds brave frosty chill at Holiday Parade of Lights

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Santa and Mrs. Claus remained on hand throughout the evening to hear the wishes of Mountain Home children.

Residents from all over Mountain Home lined up on American Legion Boulevard on a chilly Friday evening last week for this year's Holiday Parade of Lights.

Organized by the Nazarene Church and the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce, the theme for this year's parade was "Christmas In the Eyes of a Child."

The parade featured several floats, including the local ATV Club designing each of their ATVs with various themes such as "How Much is That Doggy in the Window?"

A total of 24 floats took part, representing different entities from all over the community, ranging from Moxie Java, the Girls Scouts, the Boy Scouts, Faith Lutheran Church, Idaho Power, Les Schwab and the Mountain Home Shrine Club.

The event was judged by four volunteer judges at Stardust Plaza. The judges were Julynne Sapp, Debbie Hammers, Keri Fairchild and one of the parade's co-chairmen Helen Farnham, joined by her husband, Arnie Farnham.

The floats were scored on a scale of 1-10 based on theme, effort, lights and showmanship. Unlike previous years there were no cash prizes awarded for the floats, a fact that didn't deter the local organizations participating.

The winner of this year's parade were:

* 1st Place -- JT's Auto Repair.

* 2nd Place -- Optimist Ag-Youth.

* 3rd Place -- Century 21.

* 4th Place -- Nazarene Church.

* 5th Place -- Jovial Jerry's.

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