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Mon, Sept. 23

Festival of Lights Parade, tree lighting thrill area residents

This year, Tarheel Towing's entry showing an elf's work is never done, won first place, while Faith United Church's float depicting work going on in Santa's Workshop, placed second, and Pronghorn Ranch's entry showing residents helping the elves fill Santa's Toy Box won third place.

Fourteen lighted entries in the parade capped the evening, which started with the DeBlois Family singing, "Joy to the World" to the crowd present for the festivities.

Mayor Harvey Skoog then read the Christmas Story and gave the Hanukkah greeting as well.

Next, the 110 members of the Glassford Hill Middle School Combined Choirs sang "Tis the Season," Little Drummer Boy" and "Rock Around the Christmas Tree."

The Liberty Chamber Choir followed with a rendition of "Winter Wonderland" and its own version of "Jingle Bells," called "I hear those Jingle Bells" and finished with "Gloria in Excelsis Deo."

They were followed by a number by Phase I before all the children present were asked to join Lew Rees, Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director; and Heidi Dahms-Foster sing "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony followed. The grounds of the Civic Center also came alive with all the trees and bushes lighted for the occasion.

The parade followed with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Post leading the way.

Next came the Franklin School Jazz Band playing Christmas carols for the judges and spectators.

Patriot Disposal's entry was third, with the Potters House Church, which has been preaching God's word and the salvation of Jesus Christ for more than 30 years in the tri-city and around the world, asked everyone to remember Jesus Christ is the reason for the season.

Faith United Church was next with a float that displayed a scene from Santa's Workshop in the North Pole with Santa and his reindeer ready for takeoff.

Life Line Ambulance's entry was next, followed by Pronghorn Ranch's float. Its residents were helping Santa's elves fill Santa's toy box with toys for all the good boys and girls.

Next came Neil and Tina Wadsworth's Santa's Sleigh Dec. 26, with the elves kicking back and relaxing. Third through sixth graders at Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Group portrayed the elves.

KNOT radio's entry followed with Faith Baptist Church wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Anti-Gravity was next, followed by Tarheel Towing's float emphasizing that Santa's work is never done building toys all year-round.

Next came the Bradshaw Mountain High School Band, which also performed for the judges and spectators.

Bringing up the rear was the Central Yavapai Fire District Black Engine with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

He then went to the Civic Center to meet with the children.

After the parade, as well as before it, people viewed the many Create-a-Tree entries that grace all the floors of the Civic Center. They are on display until after Christmas for people to view at their leisure.

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