Once again, Cherokee held another successful Christmas Parade on Thursday. Unseasonably warm weather brought out large numbers to witness this popular tradition.
Normally, at this time of year Mother Nature keeps the temperature cold but tolerable, but Thursday's night's weather was a treat for all; however, there was a touch of precipitation as the 35 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, State Savings Bank took the coveted first place honors with their "Night Before Christmas" float , which featured several youngsters in their pajamas and all tucked into bed.
Second place in the Business category went to Northside Tire, whose float used- what else? - tires for a unique Christmas tree and snowman.
Northwest Realty took third place in the Business category with their wonderfully lighted float that featured snowmen dressed up as football players.
There was also an honorable mention to the staff of Cherokee State Bank whose walking Christmas trees demonstrated their wonderful costumes and Christmas spirit.
In the Non-Profit category, the first place winner was the Cherokee Community School with their "I'll be Home for Christmas" float, which featured soldiers Steve Kremer and Tom Kohn.
Second place in the Non-Profit category was the Cleghorn Quasquicentennial Committee with their Gingerbread House, which had several lights adorning its roof.
The Cherokee County 4-H Cavaliers came home with the third place honors in the Non-Profit category with bright, colorful lights on a flat-rack float with club 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," stated 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."