The recent Beckley parade, "Christmas Spirit, Sparkle and Shine," was a great success and all participants are to be commended for taking part.
The bands that took part, Beckley-Stratton Middle School, Park Middle School, Shady Springs Middle an High Schools and Woodrow Wilson High School, were also appreciated.
The judges had a difficult job selecting trophy winners, but here are their choices:
Best Overall Float: Family Worship Center.
Organization: first - Raleigh County 911; second - Jackie Withrow Hospital; third - Theatre WV.
Religious: first - Heart of God Ministries; second - Cranberry Baptist Church; third Gracepoint Fellowship Church.
School: first - Mabscott Elementary; second Stratton Elementary; third - Karen's Academy of Dance.
Commercial/Business: first - Raleigh General Hospital; second ATV Parts Plus; third - Coca Cola.
Best Walking Unit - WVU Tech.
Favorite Animal Unit - WV High School Rodeo Association.
Best Decorated Emergency Vehicle - North Pole - Ghent VFD.
Judges' Choice Classic Car - Dennis Pack, VW.
Trophies that were not picked up after the parade will be at City Hall, 409 S. Kanawha Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.