This year it was just beautiful.
The only complaint was the immense
cold, which caused some band instruments to freeze up. But even the
cold could not keep the city from enjoying the beautiful colors and
lights decorating downtown.
Bobbi Abbott, director of the
Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce, enthusiastically described the
evening. "Itís winter; itís December; itís Illinois! The sky was
clear; the stars were brightÖit was a beautiful night for a
[Photos by Bob Frank]
The floats were judged and awarded
prizes. There were three categories, each of which had a first- and
second-place award, and four special awards.
Industry and Government category:
First place: Precision Products
Second place: Audraís School of Dance
Religious, Youth and Charitable category:
First: Lincoln Young America Bowling
Second (tie): Lincoln Southern Baptist
Church and 4-H Federation
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First: Logan County ESDA Horse Search
and Rescue (Santaís sled)
Second: Logan Railsplitting Association
The overall winner was the Gold Wings
Road Riders Association.
The Chamber Award for the best
portrayal of the theme "Let Your Spirits Soar" was given to St.
The Mayoral Award, chosen by Mayor Beth
Davis, went to the Land of Lincoln Antique Tractor and Engine Club.
The Grand Marshalís Award, chosen by
Perry Grieme, was given to Nobbe Eye Care Center.
Abbott expressed her appreciation "to
all the individuals and businesses who take the time to decorate
floats for the parade, because thatís what makes the parade so
how many people have community involvement, decorating these floats
and bringing lights to the darkness of downtown," she said.
People who qualify for the programs
need to pick up a tree coupon at Community Action or Department of
Human Services offices during normal business hours, Monday through
Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. The coupons will be distributed on a
first-come, first-served basis, as there are a limited number
available. Coupons will not be available beyond noon on Dec. 10.
To get a tree, recipients need to bring
their coupon to the new Woodlawn Road location of Collision Concepts
between 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. The trees will be distributed at the
new facility, 1005 Macon St. Trees will not be available to people
who donít present a coupon.
This effort is made possible through
Lincoln Kiwanis, Community Action and the Department of Human
Services. Printing of coupons was donated by Lincoln Printers. Logan
County ESDA will provide temporary lighting the evening of the 10th
at the pick-up location.
Feel free to
call Community Action at 732-2159 or the Department of Human
Services at 735-2306 if you have any questions.