As the snow softly fell, Santa and Scrooge exchanged friendly greetings before the parade Thursday evening. After all, Santa should be pretty friendly to Scrooge after he raised over $2000 for his Castle.
Tom Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick's Auto Center was named "Grand Marshall Scrooge" for the Miracle on Lake Avenue Parade of Lights. The official count of the "votes" for Fitzpatrick reached $2285.89.
The Scrooge candidates raised a grand total of $3258.55 for Santa's Castle, and more late "votes" are still rolling in.
Fitzpatrick campaigned fiercely to win the title, sending out letters and placing ads. His efforts paid off as he rode at the head of the parade on a float of lights that also won first place in the commercial float competition.
Paxtons Jewelry took second prize, with a glowing diamond float featuring a children's wedding scene. Prize packages of free advertising were awarded to the commercial floats.
Buena Vista University won first prize in the nonprofit division with a Clydesdale hitch, and St. John's and Grace Lutheran Churches took second prize with a nativity scene surrounded by children. Storm Lake Bucks were awarded to these groups.
Mary Groher, Dorothy Weitzel, and Kay Schmitt, members of the Business and Professional Women, judged the parade entries on creativity and overall appearance.
After the parade, Santa strolled the streets with an entourage of BVU cheerleaders following along, and many people enjoyed the live entertainment in the store windows.
The Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank everyone who attended the event, and to all the people who helped make this event possible.
Miracle on Lake Avenue is a project of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.