Milford, Watseka welcome Santa Claus with holiday parades
It was a first-ever Christmas parade in Milford. And the City of Watseka held its annual parade to help get the holiday spirit in gear this past weekend.
There were 31 entries in the Milford parade Sunday evening. Organizers were pleased with the first-ever effort. And it’s hoped the Milford Christmas Parade will be an annual event.
Several businesses, churches, school groups, and civic organizations took time to register entries.
Judges selected the Road Relics Car Club as the Best Float. The Best Walking Unit was the Milford Grade School Cheerleaders.
A-1 Crane Service had its entry win the Most Lights category. And the Milford Swim Team earned recognition for Most Participants.
Santa Claus arrived in Watseka Friday evening. The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce coloring contest winners, Adrian Fox and Cameron Seibring, rode with Santa as Lil Mr. Snowflake and Lil Miss Snowflake.
Thirty-plus entries rolled along the parade route. The Chamber announced its winners:
Best Use of Theme “Bright Lights Christmas Delights” was awarded to ABATE Hubbard Trail.
Best Use of Lights went to Mike Buhrmester Glenn View Farms, Best Decorated Emergency Vehicle was the Gilman Fire Department, Best religious Entry was awarded to Amazing Grace Church.
Best Float was awarded to Art Downs with the Slow Boys Antique Tractor Club, Best Walking Unit was Diamond in the Rough, and Best Children’s Unit was Girl Scout Troop #2529.
An attempt to cash-in stolen lottery tickets led to the arrests of two Watseka Men Saturday.
Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police report 58-year-old Avery Durflinger Sr. and 35-year-old Avery Durflinger Jr. were jailed on charges of Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Damage to Property.
Police said a break-in at the Iroquois Market in Iroquois early Saturday resulted in an undisclosed amount of lottery tickets stolen. The Durflingers were identified as suspects after it was learned they unsuccessfully tried to cash-in winning tickerts at the Casey’s General Store in St. Anne hours after the burglary.
94.1 WGFA Radio is joining with area Chambers of Commerce in promoting SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.
Holiday shoppers are asked to visit the local retailers in area cities/towns – keeping your dollars local helps the local economy.
Bargain-buster sales are available at several retail outlets in the WGFA-LISTENING AREA.
Chamber of Commerce leaders urge shoppers to keep those dollars at home.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY promotes the small business owners.
Area Chambers of Commerce ask you shoppers to visit and take a close look at the unique offerings in Watseka, Gilman, Onarga, Milford, Cissna Park, Fairbury, Paxton, Gibson City, Hoopeston and Rossville.
Chamber activities also encourage your support in Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais, Manteno and Herscher. And in Kentland, Fowler and Boswell, Indiana.
Christmas Parades in Watseka, MIlford this weekend
Santa Claus arrives for the holidays in Watseka and Milford this weekend. Christmas parades welcome entries to make their way along the designated routes.
"Bright Lights Christmas Delights" is this year's theme for the Watseka Parade this (Friday) this evening. It steps off at 7 pm. Juanita and Randy Muller of Designer Homes & Development are the grand marshalls. Both are supporters of the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce.
Milford is hosting its first-ever Christmas parade Sunday evening at 6 pm. Retired-Reverend Neil Larimore is the parade grand marshall. More entries are welcome. Santa Claus will meet with area children after the parades.