A speeding locomotive interrupting a parade during it's crossing of the tracks is something that is becoming a hazardous habit here in Cherokee. The same thing happened just a couple of months ago during the Cherokee High School Homecoming Parade.
Once again, hundreds of people lined up on Main Street in downtown Cherokee on Thursday to watch the annual Cherokee Chamber of Commerce's "Wonderful World of Christmas Parade."
Mother Nature once again cooperated this year by keeping the temperature cold but tolerable, with no precipitation as the 28 parade entries made their way down Main Street from the Cherokee County Courthouse to Euclid Avenue.
Winners of this year's parade float contest were announced on Friday at the Cherokee Chamber Coffee.
In the Business Category, Cherokee State Bank took the coveted first place honors with their float that featured employees using lighted yard-spreaders to spread Christmas cheer, punctuated with cheerful little dance routines.
Second place in the Business category was Northwest Realty with its ever-popular dancing snowmen that dance to a Rock and Roll theme, and third place in the Business category was Hy-Vee with semi-truck beautifully decorated with a lighted Christmas tree, candy canes, and many colorful lights.
In the Non-Profit category, the first place winner was the Cherokee Memorial Presbyterian Church's float called "Joy to the World" and featured a giant snow-globe that had Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus inside.
Second place in the Non-Profit category was the Cherokee Regional Medical Center with its "Jack in the Box" float.
The Cherokee County 4-H Cavaliers came home with the third place honors in the Non-Profit category with horses adorned with bright, colorful lights and a flat-rack float with its members on board.
"Once again, it was so nice to see so many organizations, businesses, and individuals put their talents together and deliver such a wonderful Christmas Parade in Cherokee," said Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Director Julie Hering Kent.
"The Christmas Parade is a great kick-off for December and the Christmas holidays. It's a festive and happy time for all in our downtown. We thank all who participated in this year's Parade."