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HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (12/4/11)—Plain and simple, it couldn’t have been a better evening for Madisonville’s annual Noon Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade yesterday, December 3rd.

With temperatures hovering around 60 degrees and approximately 100 groups participating in the parade, it was no surprise that over 1,000 people of all ages came out to view the joyful spectacle. In fact, many commented that the turn out may have been the largest in the past 6 decades.

While each set of entrants offered up a variety great, family-friendly entertainment—including a horse-drawn Santa, a bicycle-riding Grinch, a candy conveyor belt that extended to sidewalks, live music from high school bands, and much more—several floats were awarded titles for their outstanding and sometimes intricate displays.

In the end, Hancock Bank took the first place spot for their “Home Sweet Home: Making Christmas Sweeter” float, whereas Warrior Coal placed second and Brighton Cornerstone Healthcare took third. Additionally, Madisonville’s Grapevine Fire Department was honored as the “best decorated fire truck award” and Bill Lucas won the “best-decorated vehicle award with his 1930 Ford pickup. Hopkins County school bus drivers won the second place in the vehicle competition, while IMI’s concrete truck placed third.

Overall, the parade was a definite success and seemed to remind many of the good times that are possible in downtown Madisonville.

To view a photo slideshow of the annual Noon Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade, which was composed by Jeff Harp of Focus Photography LLC, simply click the box attached below. Over 150 photos are included. To view the set in a larger formet via Flickr, click here.

Luke Short
SurfKY News
Photos by Jeff Harp of Focus Photography LLC 

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