2013-12-19 / Top News

Parade of the season!

Saturday in Hot Springs was too fun
By Mike Bollinger, Staff Writer

Jennifer Lane of Hot Springs, along with Rose (front) and Jacob, were ready for the Bath County Christmas Parade to start. (Recorder photos by Mike Bollinger)Jennifer Lane of Hot Springs, along with Rose (front) and Jacob, were ready for the Bath County Christmas Parade to start. (Recorder photos by Mike Bollinger)

Matt Conkle of South Mills, N.C., in Bath visiting family, was all decked out in his festive hat at the Bath County Christmas Parade Dec. 21. Matt Conkle of South Mills, N.C., in Bath visiting family, was all decked out in his festive hat at the Bath County Christmas Parade Dec. 21.

HOT SPRINGS — The following entries were winners in the 2013 Bath County Christmas Parade, held Saturday, Dec. 21, kicking off the season in style:

• Best overall, Omni Homestead Resort float.

• Best show of Christmas spirit, Cheese Claus.

• Best appearing high school band, Bath County High School.

• Fire truck plain, Bolar Vol. Fire Dept., first place and Millboro Vol. Fire Dept., second place.

• Decorated fire truck, Mountain Grove Vol. Fire Dept., first place.

• Best appearing fire truck, Burnsville Vol. Fire Dept.

The “Grinch float” entered by Ronnie Dunnagan took second place in the plain float category. Dressed as “Whos from Whoville” were (l-r): Katelyn Rice, Mariah Dunnagan and Ashley Rice. The “Grinch float” entered by Ronnie Dunnagan took second place in the plain float category. Dressed as “Whos from Whoville” were (l-r): Katelyn Rice, Mariah Dunnagan and Ashley Rice.

• Fire truck traveling longest distance, Iron Gate Vol. Fire Dept.

• Decorated float, Bath County Relay for Life, first place and S.J. Neathawk, second place.

• Plain float, Little Master and Miss Highland, Zachary Armstrong and Chloe Lightner, first place and Ronnie Dunnagan, “Grinch Float,” second place.

• Most gentle horse, Ryan Ratcliff, first place and Emily Douglas, second place.

• Best appearing farm tractor, Lee Fry, first place and Tom Plecker, second place.

• Four-wheelers and bikes first place, Billy Hodge and Ryan Lindsay, four-wheelers second place, Christopher Coates.

• Motorcycle, Ken and Sharon Jones, first place and David Kershner, second place.

• Novelty entry adult, United Methodist Charge float, first place and Hairstyling Shop float, second place.

• Novelty entry youth, Reaghan and Kennedi Pritt, first place and Jimmie Adkins float, second place.

• Marching group first place, VFW Color Guard, second place marching unit, Emily Douglas.

• First place cloggers, Little Switzerland Cloggers, second place drilling, Cris Broughman.

Big Bird and Elmo rode a Falling Spring Vol. Fire Dept. truck.Big Bird and Elmo rode a Falling Spring Vol. Fire Dept. truck.

• Antique vehicle, Mark Aman, first place and D.R. and Jean Sawyer, second place.

• Classic vehicle, John Bush, first place and James Bush, second place.

• Sports car first place, Ricky McLaughlin.

• Rescue squad, first place, Millboro Area Rescue Squad and Burnsville Vol. Rescue Squad, second place.

• Best mannered dogs, first place, Pat Haynes.

The Omni Homestead Resort won Best Overall for its entry.The Omni Homestead Resort won Best Overall for its entry.

Lee Fry and Suni, in his riding goggles, took first place for Best Appearing Farm Tractor.Lee Fry and Suni, in his riding goggles, took first place for Best Appearing Farm Tractor.Santa Claus was perched atop a Hot Springs fire truck.Santa Claus was perched atop a Hot Springs fire truck.

The Little Switzerland Cloggers won first place for cloggers.The Little Switzerland Cloggers won first place for cloggers.What Christmas parade would be complete without a gorilla?What Christmas parade would be complete without a gorilla?

Cheese Claus continued his tradition of handing out toys to children, and won Best Show of Christmas Spirit.Cheese Claus continued his tradition of handing out toys to children, and won Best Show of Christmas Spirit.Bath County Relay for Life won first place for decorated float.Bath County Relay for Life won first place for decorated float.

Antique cars are always popular. Antique cars are always popular. Miss Bath County Nikki McDaniel flashed her winning smile to those along the parade route. Miss Bath County Nikki McDaniel flashed her winning smile to those along the parade route.

As always, the Hot Springs Fire Department handed out stockings to children during the Dec. 21 Bath County Christmas Parade. As always, the Hot Springs Fire Department handed out stockings to children during the Dec. 21 Bath County Christmas Parade.

Bath County Christmas Mother Darlene Carpenter and her family rode in the parade.Bath County Christmas Mother Darlene Carpenter and her family rode in the parade.Barbara Howell, retired longtime nurse practitioner at Bath Community Hospital, served as Grand Marshal. Barbara Howell, retired longtime nurse practitioner at Bath Community Hospital, served as Grand Marshal.

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