Ava’s Christmas Parade was canceled last Saturday because of the inclement weather, but the residential lighting and business storefront decorating contests will be judged this weekend. Winners will be announced next week in the Douglas County Herald and on KKOZ radio.
Although the parade was canceled, some people had worked hard designing and building floats for the parade. So, the Chamber Board decided to proceed with judging.
Float representatives were contacted and invited to submit photos of their floats. Those photos were sent to the panel of judges in Mansfield, and the winners were selected based on the photographs.
Taking the grand prize of $500 was Bethany Baptist Church. First place prize money of $200 went to Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.)
Judy Shields, executive director of the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce, said this week, “The Ava Chamber of Commerce wishes to congratulate these winners and looks forward to having the parade in full swing next year with a caravan of creative floats, and other participants, rolling down Jefferson Street and ushering in the Christmas spirit.”