Rifle Holly Days parade is fun for all ages | PostIndependent.com

Rifle Holly Days parade is fun for all ages

Mike McKibbin
Rifle Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” Parades are fun for people of all ages, even when it’s cold outside. But young children and the holiday season warm everyone’s heart, along with their bodies, as they stand in winter temperatures for Rifle’s annual Holly Days and Parade of Lights.

This year’s event is Saturday, Dec. 13, with the parade starting promptly at 6 p.m. It will once again include floats from a variety of Rifle-area groups and businesses, such as the Girl Scouts.

“It’s fun winter stuff,” said Girl Scout leader Erin Stephens. “The girls all love being in the parade.”

The girls help come up with the ideas for their floats, such as painting Styrofoam cups in festive colors and placing them upside down over Christmas lights on the float, Stephens said. The girls sang Christmas carols while they rode in the parade, she said.

Employees of Storm King Mechanical and their families also ride on that company’s floats, said Melody Caldwell.

Storm King Mechanical’s floats, with a Hawaiian theme, won the judging contests for the last two years.

“This year we’re doing something different,” Caldwell said. “I think it will be a disco theme.”

Parade floats aren’t the only things to light up this season. Real Estate Out West is sponsoring a home lighting contest, with the winners announced at the Holly Days event after the Parade of Lights. Danette Dickey said entries are welcome from anywhere in the 81650 ZIP code.

“Some folks go all out with the Chevy Chase theme (from the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”) and some others just do a single color,” Dickey said.

There are no criteria in the judging, which will be the night of Dec. 12. First place is a $100 Shop Rifle gift certificate, second place is a $50 certificate and third is a $25 certificate. Call 625-4700 to register or for more information, or stop by the office at 100 E. 11th St., across from the fairgrounds on Railroad Avenue. Registration forms are also available from The Citizen Telegram.

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