Feature Story                                                                                                 Wednesday December 7, 2011

     

Small Town Homemade Fun

Chilliwack Santa Claus parade rings in the holiday festivities

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

A parade participant waves as one of the more colorful floats passes by last Saturday in Chilliwack.

 

ruckloads of exhilarated people lined the sidewalks of Wellington and Yale Rd Saturday evening in anticipation of the 2011 Chilliwack Santa Claus Parade hosted by local radio station 98.3 Star FM. Morning radio show personalities Scott Riley and Lisa Steven emceed the event.

 

For a time, people were able to forget about everything else and just concentrate on having fun. The colourful array of floats wound through the downtown business sector and past the judges opposite the stage where dignitaries huddled against the bracing night.

 

Mike Hellinger wrote in a station release Tuesday that approximately 20,000 people took in the parade.

 

"We had 82 entries and would like to thank each and every person who participated," he said. "A huge congratulations to this years award winners."

 

The float winners are as follows:

 

Best Overall (Presented by Ken's Tire and Wheel)
1st Place: AMIX RECYCLING
2nd Place: FAIRFIELD ISLAND PRESCHOOL

First Timer Award (Presented by Masonic Order)
1st Place: JIM'S PIZZA DOWNTOWN
2nd Place: VOODOO DERBY DOLLZ

Most Creative (Presented by Star 98.3)
1st Place: CHILLIWACK CYCLING ENTHUSIASTS
2nd Place: CHILLIWACK GORILLAS - BONGO + TONGO

Best Use of Music & Lights (Presented by the City of Chilliwack)
1st Place: FUSION ATHLETIC CHEER
2nd Place: GEMBLASTERS - BULLETPROOF COATINGS

Small Commercial (Presented by SONiC FM)
1st Place: SERENITY CHIROPRACTIC
2nd Place: BULLDOG SUPER DECKS

Best Vehicle (Presented by Chilliwack Ford)
1st Place: BC AMBULANCE SERVICE
2nd Place: DIPSTICK LUBE

Best Youth Entry
1st Place: FRASER VALLEY DISTANCE ED.
2nd Place: FLEITA TUTTE SCHOOL OF DANCE

Clubs & Associations (Presented by the Chilliwack Progress)
1st Place: CHILLIWACK GIRL GUIDES
2nd Place: CHILD & YOUTH SERVICES

Agriculture (Presented by Greystone Promotions)
1st Place: PINE MEADOW TREE FARMS
2nd Place: HOFSTEDE'S COUNTRY BARN

Large Commercial
1st Place: PERFORMANCE HONDA
2nd Place: FIX AUTO CHILLIWACK

Thanks to all of this year's parade sponsors: City of Chilliwack,
Star98.3/SONiC FM, Chilliwack Ford and the Chilliwack Progress.

 

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