Defiance Merchants Host 6th Annual Christmas Parade & Festival
Floats, cars, dogs, horses and walkers make 6th Annual Christmas Pet Parade and Christmas Festival a fun day for all!The 6th Annual Defiance Christmas Festival featuring a Pet Parade along with floats and cars kicked off an afternoon of fun in the greater Defiance area on Saturday, December 5th. Numerous merchants hosted special activities throughout the day, local wineries offered music and beverages, churches prepared lunches with cookies and children's activities, and restaurants served up delicious foods all during the festival. In addition, a residential Christmas Light Contest was held for residents in the 63341 zip code who entered the competition.
Judges for the parade were: St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, St. Charles City Councilman Mike Klinghammer, and St. Charles Convention & Visitor's Bureau Director Joe Ward. The Parade Grand Marshall was Monica Adams of KTVI Fox 2 and The North Pole's own Santa Claus.
Winners of the Parade categories were:
Best Float: Wine Country Gardens
Best Dog: Parker the Bouvier (owners Jenna & Brent Baumgarten
Best Car: Geoff Clayton's Jeep Tribute
Best Pet: Cheryl with her two dogs
Best Christmas Light Decorations: Brian & Laura Buchanan
A big thanks to the sponsors who provided prizes for the competitions:
Kim Udell, Koziatek Contracting, Wine Country Gardens, T.EX.S (Total Extermination Services), and The Inn at Defiance.
THANK YOU to the parade committee:
Robin Graefser White, John Lacy, Mary Jo Freeman, and Jeff Comotto
and Finally..... Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped on the parade route, in our shops, churches, wineries and restaurants. You made it a special day for everyone.