The community really came together this year to help kick off the Christmas Season! This year we opened up registration to everybody, including businesses, organizations, schools, friends and family, and they did not disappoint! People went all out this year and made it a magical evening for Byron Center.
The parade started at 5:30 pm and was led off with Byron Township’s supervisor Tom Hooker and his granddaughters riding on top of Cutlerville’s decked out fire truck. They were followed by approx. 30 more floats that were entered in our float contest for a first place prize of $200. We had a variety of floats that were well illuminated and people were extremely creative this year! Some of the entries included a huge variety of fire rescue vehicles, 3 large firetrucks, trailers, horses, dogs, well lit vehicles, choirs, dancers and the list goes on. The parade ended with Santa and Mrs. Claus beautifully spotlighted on top of Byron Center’s Fire Truck.
The judging was extremely difficult this year because there were so many great floats! In the past we have had great participation, but this year people really got their creative juices flowing and made it a night to remember! The winners of the float contest were:
1st place – Pathway Church
2nd place – Jason and Skylar Hiemstra (father-daughter team)
3rd place – Integrity School of Dance
Largest Festive Group – Girl Scouts Service Unit 346 Byron Center/Wayland.
The town did a great job hosting different community activities leading up to the parade. We had Christmas music playing throughout the town and a talented dance performance by Integrity School of Dance. The BC Chamber of Commerce provided free hot chocolate, while free coffee was provided courtesy of Starbucks (Tanger location). The Byron Community Wellness Foundation had Santa, Mrs. Claus and a couple reindeer out for a visit for about an hour prior to the parade. It was a great night for the whole family to enjoy!
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