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  • Kent Casson

Santa greeted with lights, wintry weather

(A crowd waits in line to see Santa Sunday evening at the Chenoa gazebo)

Cold weather and a few slick roads didn’t stop youngsters from visiting Santa at the Chenoa gazebo Sunday evening.

Not everyone enjoys winter weather but it did help get attendees of the annual Chenoa Light-Up parade and uptown gazebo lighting ceremony into the spirit of the season.

“It is pretty but a few people said they didn’t want to drive from out of town because it did get pretty slick and I get it,” admits organizer Carrie Holzhauer.

Sunday’s parade stepped off from the Chenoa fire station before heading over to Lincoln Street down to Veto with numerous emergency vehicles participating along with a few personal entries featuring festive lights. Spectators lined the route along Lincoln to view the parade with many taking it in from their parked cars and temperatures were in the 20s.

“It’s obviously a smaller parade as we’ve had bigger ones in the past,” said Holzhauer.

A Letters to Santa box was located in the gazebo and the VFW was open if anyone needed to warm up. Inside, Dwayne Price and his chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association served hot chocolate and Feese Homes had cookies.

Once Santa was finished uptown, the fire department led the parade around town for others to enjoy.

“The kids love Santa, they come out and it makes them happy,” observed Holzhauer. “Adults are even happy, too.”

(One of the light-up parade entries in Chenoa Sunday evening)

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