The annual Parade of Lights rolls through downtown Craig on Saturday. The parade featured more than 12 registered floats and was about a 30 minutes long. Downtown Business Association treasurer Carol Wilson estimated about 1,000 residents watched the parade.

Photo by Brian Smith

The annual Parade of Lights rolls through downtown Craig on Saturday. The parade featured more than 12 registered floats and was about a 30 minutes long. Downtown Business Association treasurer Carol Wilson estimated about 1,000 residents watched the parade.

Parade of Lights shines

On Saturday night, downtown Craig came to life with the bright lights of the annual Parade of Lights.

Carol Wilson, Downtown Business Association treasurer, said she estimated 1,000 local residents turned out to see the parade as it made its way from Craig Middle School to Centennial Mall.

The parade, which doubled as a float contest, featured more than 12 registered floats competing for three prizes, Wilson said.

This year’s theme was based on Christmas stories and judging was based on use of lights, according to a news release. Prizes were awarded in the form of Craig Chamber of Commerce Spree Bucks.

Taking first was the Living Stone Youth Group’s float, “Nativity Scene.” The group received a $200 prize.

Wyman Museum’s float, “Charlie Brown Christmas,” came in second and received a $100 prize, and the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads placed third with its float, “Christmas Vacation,” and received a $50 prize.

“First prize winners also get to showcase the impressive traveling trophy provided by The Copy Shop/Computer Corner,” according to a news release. “Spree Buck awards were provided by Cook Chevrolet and Subaru and Yampa Valley Electric Association.”

Other sponsors of the parade included the Craig Lions Club and the Downtown Business Association.

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