Roger Wolf and Ron Wolf are grand marshals
With just over 100 entries, the 67th annual Holiday Parade, sponsored by Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe Hy-Vee and Midwest Gloves and Gear was timed at one hour, five minutes Saturday morning.
The parade was announced live from the Livingston County Courthouse on Washington Street by Dave Rogers and Betty Preston Steele.
Saturday was full of sunshine, though the temperature was only 24 degrees, causing many members of the crowd to wear several layers.
"I feel like it went very well," said Lindy Chapman, executive director for the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce. "It seemed to go off without a hitch. It was a fast parade. I think people were anxious to get in and get back to something warm, so they kept it moving and we appreciate that."
Chapman also said she would like to thank the many parade volunteers for braving the cold.
This year's grand marshals were Roger and Ron Wolf, former directors and instructors at Grand River Technical School. Roger Wolf moved to Chillicothe as an agriculture instructor in 1977 and taught for 12 years. He then joined the administration of the technical school and served in that capacity for the next 24 years until his retirement in the spring of 2013. Roger and his wife Linda have three children. Ron Wolf joined GRTS faculty in 1971. He became the GRTS assistant director in 1984, and five years later was promoted to director. He served as either director or co-director (with his brother Roger) until his retirement in 2013. Ron and his wife Sandy have four children.
The theme for this year’s parade was “Happy, Happy, Happy Holidays,” based off of the television show “Duck Dynasty.” Parade entries were judged on use of theme, originality and appearance.
The Grand Marshal's Trophy went to Girl Scouts of America, who entered a “cookie blind” float with members of the troop dressed as holiday-themed hunters. The rest of the parade winners are as follows:
Float Division Youth — Grace Baptist Church took first place in the youth division, followed by the Chillicothe Middle School Anti-Bullying Group, which took second place, and Cub Scout Pack No. 120, which took third place.
Float Division Business/Organization — Hy-Vee Food Store took first place in the business/organization division, followed by Comfort Inn, which took second place, and the Mautino Cycle Center, which took third place.
Float Division Non-Profit Organization — Girl Scouts of America took first place in the non-profit organization division, followed by Grand River Heart Restart, which took second place, and the Tornados, which took third place.
BANDS — The Penney High School band took the first place trophy, followed by the Brookfield High School band, which took second place, and the Green City High School band, which took third place.