|Gering’s Christmas parade a successful kick-off to season|
|December 04, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
1st Place - Gering Fire Department
The ninth annual Christmas Parade through downtown Gering is in the books, and public approval showed it was another big success.
About 15 floats took part, including a small herd of Santa’s reindeer as they headed south down 10th Street to the opening of Santa’s Village at the Gering Civic Center parking lot.
“We were pleased with the number of floats we had,” said Janet Mitchell with the Gering Merchants. “At five o’clock that evening, we only had four floats pre-registered. We were tickled when everyone showed up just before the parade. And the number of people who came out to watch was awesome.”
Mitchell said the people she talked with were really impressed with the floats. “It was a beautiful night for a parade. It wasn’t that cold, so a lot of people stayed to visit Santa’s Village after the parade.”
Kevin Sandberg organized the parade for the first time this year. While there was lots of organizing to do, he said things went smoothly.
“I had a lot of people comment to me there were lots of nice floats and were happy to see that many people participate,” he said.
Sandberg said his job was made a lot easier with the help of John Ewing, who has been involved with the Oregon Trail Days parade for many years. “He was a big help in keeping the animals controlled, so he made it a piece of cake for me.”
Ewing also took part in the parade with his horse drawn buckboard, decorated in Christmas lights.
The top prize winner in the parade was the Gering Volunteer Fire Department, who brought out their antique American LaFrance fire engine, decorated for the holiday season. In second place was Gary’s Cleaning and Restoration. The third place winner was a horse-drawn carriage driven by Margaret Blaha of Chimney Rock Carriage Company.
2nd Place - Gary's Cleaning and Restoration
3rd Place - Margaret Blaha's Chimney Rock Carriage