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Tyler Parades Get People Into Spirit of Season

By Staff | Dec 7, 2016

Photo by Miles Layton Gracelynn Wyatt tells Santa what she wants for Christmas. Hopefully, Wyatt doesn’t want a hula-hoop or dachshund puppy, though Santa is known for his sense of humor and charity.

SISTERSVILLE — The Grinch took time away from his snowy cave to march in Middlebourne’s parade Saturday morning.

A day earlier, Lazear’s Chapel, one of Tyler County’s most picturesque churches, had a float filled with kids and adults traveling through Sistersville’s Christmas parade.

Santa made appearances at Paden City, Sistersville and Middlebourne.

Hundreds of people attended parades and holiday festivities last weekend in Tyler County.

The award winning Silver Knights’ Marching Band wore their Santa hats as they performed Christmas music here, there and everywhere.

Photo by Lauren Matthews The greedy green Grinch came to Middlebourne during Saturday’s Christmas parade. Hopefully, the Grinch wasn’t casing the homes in town before his grand larceny tour, but instead this was the good guy whose tiny heart had grown three sizes that day. Note the abominable Snowman behind the Grinch. To quote lovable prospector Yukon Cornelius – “Bumbles bounces!” – so he was able to march in the parade.

On that note, Field Commander Jenny Lynch and Justin Phillips have been named as members of the All-State Band. For more on that story, see page 3.

Longtime Tyler County Fair Association President Bill Baker served as parade marshal in Middlebourne’s parade. He and his lovely wife threw candy to children from a cart pulled by an all-terrain vehicle.

Worth noting, the Grinch, aka Dustin Kildow, did not need to trick some toddler named Cindy Lou Who because the hermit, who lived in a cave his lovable dog Max, had no plans to invade people’s homes and steal their roast beast. No, that green secularist Grinch was part of the Whobilation celebration that focused on the “Dohoo dorey” theme that celebrates the spirit on Christmas, not the toys and the “noise, noise, noise!”

Much praise should be aimed at Bobbi Sue George, Linda Kile and others for making Whobilation a celebration for the ages.

“I was happy to see so many people out celebrating Saturday,” George said. “I think it went well and the kids had fun. My favorite part about the Whobilation was the creativity that was put into each individual float. I also enjoyed listening to the school choirs on Broad Street after the parade.”

Sistersville’s Christmas parade marshal was Terry Wiley, an active member of the community. Excellent tasting candy that included lots of taffy was thrown out to children and maybe a parent or two during the parade.

“I think our parade turned OK this year,” said Barbara Vincent of the the Sistersville Community Service Organization. “I was pleased with the interest in the parade.”

Because the reindeer were busy tapering for their big marathon ahead on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus, aka Martin Parrish, rode atop a giant firetruck met with many children after the parade. A more extensive article on Santa what makes him tick will appear in a future edition of the Tyler Star News.

Anyway, Santa listened to wishes from everyone including 4-year-old Nonie Ballginger and 7-year-old Kolton Underwood, 4-year-old Remington Bassett and toddler Baltimore Ballginger, all of Sistersville. Nonie wants a doll. That’s simple enough even in today’s landscape of Monster High dolls or Barbie. Kolton wants trucks. That’s doable. Thank God for trucks.

“We had a good time seeing Santa,” said Victoria Rudder who was shepherding this quartet of kids to see the Claus. “We really enjoyed the parade. I think Santa is doing a good job and it will be a good Christmas.”

Bill Ebert of Sistersville had a smile on his face as he watched his 6-year-old daughter Barbara Ebert talk to Santa.

“I want a baby doll,” the tike said to the jolly old elf.

Dad added, “We liked the parade. Santa is doing a good job.”