TRENTON SANTA CLAUS PARADE WINNERS
The Trenton Santa Claus Parade delighted hundreds of spectators with many floats, marching bands and entertainers, this past weekend. Despite the cold winter chill in the air, everyone was in high spirits and enthusiastic crowds lined the streets from Centennial Park to Queen St. to see what is undoubtedly; one of the best parades in the Quinte Region.
“It is amazing to see the effort and creativity from businesses, schools and community groups” says Suzanne Andrews, chamber manager. “Almost one hundred floats decorated for the holidays lit up the streets and kicked off the holiday season. While the cold drove away many before the end of the parade, everyone appreciated all the hours of work that goes into each float.”
“This parade could not happen without support and generous donations from local businesses, service groups and individuals. They make the Trenton Santa Claus Parade possible,” says Andrews.
“On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to thank Brian Swartman and Brad Graham and all the volunteer firefighters from Station 1 for ensuring the floats were all lined up on time and the parade ran smoothly,” says Jillian McCormick, parade coordinator. “A special thank you to Wayne Campbell from Montrose Inn, his continued dedication helps to make this parade a success every year.” Wayne volunteers countless hours to prepare for Santa’s arrival to Quinte West and keeps Santa’s float looking its’ best in the parade year after year. Also, a special mention to Frank Meiboom from M&R Automotive who helps the parade by setting up and tearing down Santa’s float every year.
Thank you to Tim Horton’s for donating hot chocolate and timbits and for the Lions club for providing hot food and hot drinks, this helped keep everyone warm while they waited in the parade line up.
The Quinte West Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a huge thank you to all the businesses, service clubs, community organizations, schools and volunteers that took part in this years’ parade. A group of judges have determined the 2013 parade award winners. A ceremony will be held at City Hall on December 12 at 11:00am.
The 2013 Parade Winners
|Best Youth Float|
|École Secondaire Publique Marc-Garneau||Theme: Shrek Escapes the Grinch|
|Sponsored by: McDonald’s Restaurant|
|Best Community Service Float|
|Kinsmen Club of Trenton||Theme: Kinsmen Dynasty|
|Sponsored by: Trenton Cold Storage|
|Best Industrial Float|
|Electro Cables Inc.||Theme: Herbie Races to the North Pole|
|Sponsored by: City of Quinte West|
|Best Service Industry Float|
|Dr R Younes Dental Care||Theme: The Molar Express|
|Sponsored by: QuintEssential Credit Union|
|Best Commercial Float|
|Free Flow Petroleum||Theme: Santa’s Workshop|
|Sponsored by: West End Dental Centre|
|Best Christmas Theme|
|St. Georges Church||Theme: Victorian Christmas|
|Sponsored by: Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty|
|Best Youth Theme|
|Trenton Military Family Resource Centre||Theme: The Grinch’s Feast|
|Sponsored by: Scott's Haulage & Excavating Ltd|
|Best Overall Float|
|Steve Walt Property Maintenance||Theme: Thomas the Tank Engine Christmas|
|Sponsored by: Whitley Financial Services|
People’s Choice Award
This award will be announced on December 12th. Vote online at www.quintewestchamber.ca or CLICK HERE for link or obtain a ballot from the November 28th issue of the Trentonian. Ballots can be entered at Scotiabank (downtown or Trenton Town Centre) or the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce. Voting closes on Sunday, December 6th.
Sponsored by: Scotiabank
The Jeanette Chappelle Memorial Award for “Youth Community Spirit” will be awarded to Quinte West Track Club & Trenton High School for their entry of “Catch us if you cane!”. This award is Sponsored by Community Policing.
Congratulations to the local schools who participated in the Tim Horton’s School Band Challenge, it was great to see so many young musicians in our community.
All the participants will be awarded a cash prize for their music program.
1st Place - $300 – Murray Centennial Public School
2nd Place - $200 – St Paul’s Catholic Secondary School
3rd Place - $100 – Trenton High School
The bands in this year’s parade were paid for in part with the generous support of:
Domtech, Hollandale Landscaping & Garden Center Ltd., Ken Leighton Limited, Knights of Columbus, Leon's Superstore, Lioness Club of Trenton, Phil Panelas Construction, Riverside Automotive and Trenton Kiwanis Club.
Logistical support & services for this year’s parade were provided by: International Truckload Services (ITS), M & R Automotive, Action Towing, Bill’s Johns, Custom Carts, Fellow’s Towing, Lange & Fetter, Larry’s Towing, Lion’s Club, Public Works, Reilly’s Awards & Embroidery, Riverside Music, Spelmer Chrysler, Tim Horton’s and Trenton DBIA.
For more information
Quinte West Chamber