Along with ‘Gifts of Christmas’ Santa and Mrs.Claus arrive

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CARROLLTON – Santa and Mrs. Claus made their first official visit to the Christmas Village Nov. 26 to the delight of children of all ages.

The Carrollton High School marching band escorted the jolly couple from the North Pole through the parade, playing holiday songs. Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with children in the gazebo following the parade.

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Starstruck Dance and Gymnastics of Carrollton earned the Best Walking Group award in the Carrollton Christmas parade.

John McCloney, a World War II veteran who was recognized for his service to his country and his community, served as grand marshal.

Sixty-one entrants traveled the parade route, throwing candy to children and sharing their Christmas message. The theme was “The Gifts of Christmas.”

Winners, as selected by judges Carolyn Yeager, Jeff Tipton and Don Rutledge, are as follows:

Best Marching Group – Starstruck Dance and Gymnastics of Carrollton;

Best Business Float – Kuester Implement of Bloomingdale, New Philadelphia and St. Clairsville with a float consisting of a “team” of John Deere tractors (reindeer) led by Rudolph;

Best Non-Business Float – Family Worship Center of Carrollton;

Best Antique Tractor – Jim Long of Carrollton with a 1941 Allis Chalmers Model A tractor;

Best Fire Truck – Dellroy Volunteer Fire Department with a 2015 Pierce Engine;

Best Antique Vehicle – John Dewell and Terri from Tired Iron Farm of Scio with “a load of Santa’s pedal tractors” in the bed of a 1919 Ford truck;

Judge’s Choice – Knights of Columbus, whose float carried the theme, “Keep Christ in Christmas.”

Larry Garner served as announcer for the parade.