Chincoteague’s 41st Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade a Big Hit

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Santa Claus arrives on a Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department truck at the end of the 41st Annual Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4. Photo by Carol Vaughn.

By Carol Vaughn —

The 41st annual Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, had the theme, “A Season of Thankfulness.”

Mistress of ceremonies Rebecca Hudson, of NASA Wallops Flight Facility, kept the crowd’s holiday spirit going as the 66-entry parade wended its way down Main Street — Hudson even led the crowd in a sing-along during a pause in the parade.

Judges were Pastor Jon Woodburn, of Christ United Methodist Church; Rose Moot, of Pico Taqueria; and Lee Chisholm, of Taylor Bank.

Winning entries were:

COMMERCIAL 1st Place – Lowes of Pocomoke 2nd Place – Neversink Bay Meadows Farm

NON-COMMERCIAL 1st Place – Museum of Chincoteague Island 2nd Place – Union Baptist Church

JUNIOR MARCHING UNIT 1st Place – All About Dance Academy 2nd Place – Chincoteague Island Boy Scout Troop 323

MARCHING BANDS 1st Place – Northern Virginia Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band 2nd Place – Northampton Marching Band

DECORATED BOAT 1st Place – Seaside Vacations 2nd Place – USCG Aids to Navigation

EQUESTRIAN 1st Place – Chincoteague Pony Drill Team 2nd Place – Maureen Freeman

MISCELLANEOUS 1st Place – Lil Mane Street Farm 2nd Place – Classic Cruisers

JUDGE’S AWARD – BEST IN SHOW (Best represented “A Season of Thankfulness” theme) Chincoteague Island Boy Scout Troop 323

FIRE COMPANY AWARDS:

MOST FIREFIGHTERS IN LINE 1st Place – Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company 2nd Place – New Church Fire & Rescue

MOST EQUIPMENT Atlantic Volunteer Fire & Rescue

OLDEST EQUIPMENT (MOTORIZED) Greenbackville Volunteer Fire Department

OLDEST EQUIPMENT (NON-MOTORIZED) Atlantic Volunteer Fire & Rescue

LONGEST DISTANCE TRAVELLED Powellville Volunteer Fire Company

BEST COMPANY OVERALL New Church Fire & Rescue.

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