Smokehouse takes top float honors

by nathan oster

The weather was frightful, but the holiday cheer on Greybull Avenue was still delightful Saturday evening as bundled-up residents came out for the annual Holidazzle parade and for the open houses and promotions in local businesses.

Holidazzle was a success — and no where was the holiday spirit more evident than on the Smokehouse Saloon’s hay wagon, which was being pulled up Greybull Avenue by a team of mules directed by Jeff McManus.

With Bethany Bame on vocals, singing holiday favorites, and Santa and Mrs. Claus aboard and waving to spectators along the parade route, the Smokehouse float was second to none, at least in the eyes of parade judges, who awarded the bar the $100 first-place prize.

Second place, and $75, went to Big Brother Big Sisters, whose float was decorated in a “Feliz Navidad” theme and featured children in the back with sombreros and maracas.  Finishing in third place and netting a $50 prize was the Midway Clinic entry, which featured a lighted Nativity scene.  Midway also took the $50 prize for having the Best Lighted float.

The Town of Greybull, which had one of the top floats in the parade, withdrew from the judging so that the money and recognition would go to one of the other entries.

The winning entries’ plaques and prize money are available at the chamber office.

A second contest held in conjunction with the Holidazzle celebration benefited the Greybull Elementary School, which is trying to purchase 200 new books for its library.

The kindergarten class, whose decorations can be seen in the front window of the NAPA store, took top honors in that competition. What that means is that $50 will be donated for books on behalf of the kindergarten class. Another $25 was donated to the school in recognition of all the students for their participation in the project.