Santa Parade Lights Up Baileyville

By Jayna Smith

Border Electric won for best float entry. (Photo by Jayna Smith).

Many braved the cold temperatures in Baileyville last Saturday night for an early visit from Santa. About ten floats and many law enforcement, fire trucks, and ambulances made for a great, brightly lit hometown parade.

Organized by the town's holiday committee, under direction from Jamie Bohanon and Sherri Emery, the town buzzed with excitement. Folks lined the streets for the brightly lit parade that looped from the town office on Broadway Street to Palm Street, across Main Street, and finally up Third Avenue where it concluded at the Spednic Club. It was there where the fun and festivities continued with a visit from Santa Claus.

Emery reported that Santa heard special wishes from approximately 100 children who came to visit with him. Each received a goody bag, a candy cane, and an ornament. Each also received a special book from Brianna and Eliza Jack of Maine Books for Maine Kids. “We had a great turn out for the parade and a huge turn out for Santa,” Emery stated. “We have lots of caring folks who wanted to make the parade great for everyone to enjoy.”

New this year was cash prizes for select float entries. Winning first place was Border Electric for a brightly lit float complete with an operational electric fireplace. Second place went to Methodist Homes, third went to the Miss St. Croix Valley Queens who were accompanied by Santa Claus, and fourth place was awarded to the Little Red Snack Shack.

Many helped with the small Holiday Committee to make the night's events a joyous one. “On behalf of the Holiday Committee, we would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this year’s event a great success,” Emery said. “We look forward to recruiting more volunteers to keep these traditions going.”

 

The Holiday Committee is grateful of the Spednic Club for use of the hall; Down East Credit Union for providing cookies and candy canes; April Lee for providing cups and cocoa; Miss St. Croix Valley Pageant Queens for helping with the activities; Mike Tammaro for Main Street wreaths and parade participation; WHS art students for holiday decor; town crew for parade participation; all of the parade participants; and Debby Mann, Becky Varnum, Katlyn Niles, and Christina, Joseph, and Mike Emery for decorating and helping to make this event a huge success.