The Estates shows off lit-up carts in its 22nd annual Golf Car Parade

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Estates resident Stan Hiller takes his place at the front of the annual Golf Cart Parade, a position hes held in the parade for PHIL HAWKINS - Golf car decorations can range from simple lights to more elaborate accoutrements, like this inflatable Santa and elf riding in a 60s-era VW bus. Sub-freezing temperatures cut through the air Thursday and Friday nights, but that didn’t stop the dedicated participants of the annual Estates Golf Car Christmas Light Parade from putting on their annual light show.

“I’ve been doing it since 2006, and I think this is the coldest year that we’ve had,” said event organizer Becky Butts. “But we didn’t have any precipitation this year, which made it nice.”

The parade has been a tradition at The Estates Golf & Country Club since 1991. Participants decked their cars with lights and decorations and toured up and down The Estates led by an old fire truck carrying Santa Claus and carolers.

Although thermometers outside read close to 20 degrees when the parade began, enthusiasm for the event was just as high as previous years.

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Despite the sub-freezing temperatures at the time of the parade, participation was high this year.“People were pretty upbeat about it,” said Butts. “As we went on our routes, people were parked in cars all along the way waiting for us. They would have been disappointed had we canceled.”

Estates resident Stan Hiller drove the lead golf car in the parade, a duty he’s held for some time.

“He’s done it for years and he knows to go slow, so everyone has a chance to come out and see it,” said Butts.

Hiller, who has been participating in the event since 2004, was one of 21 participants who decorated and drove a car this year. The cars were elaborately adorned with a variety of twinkle lights, icicle lights and inflatable features.

“I usually decorate two cars,” said Butts. “Once you get your routine down, it’s pretty easy to do. You can do it in almost a night or a day.”

With another successful parade in the books, Butts was quick to acknowledge parade sponsor Foursome Golf Cars and the folks who came out to share in the event.

“Thank you, from myself, to everyone who participated and to everybody who came out to see it,” she said.

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