Bears, lights on display
Christmas Lights Parade
The brightly lit 509-J school bus was once again the overall winner of the annual contest for the best entry in the Christmas Lights Parade on Dec. 1.
But, there were other winners in numerous categories in the parade, sponsored by the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. With a theme of "A 'Beary' Special Christmas," about 30 entries participated in the parade. (For complete results and additional photos, see page 14.)
Chamber officials reported that, even in the evening's light rain, there was a good crowd for the parade and preceding events, including Christmas carols and the tree lighting.
The parade started on 10th Street and went west on B Street and encircled Sahalee Park. "It's a pretty long route, and there were people the whole way," said Helen Houts, chamber assistant.
This year, the chamber decided to have Santa visit with children -- and pose for photos -- in Madras Bowl, where children and their parents could wait in a warmer location, instead of in the outdoor pavilion. "It was a great place," Houts said of the new spot.
"Santa went really well," she added. "The were a few less kids than in years past; we had about 68 kids go through. We've had over 100 in the past, but last year was slower."