Among the fun and games of Ol’ Time Christmas there was some friendly competition.
The Light Parade, now in its second year, was an enjoyable event. Families and businesses decorated floats and vehicles with Christmas lights to entertain the crowd bundled along the route.
Danell Sorensen and family won first place and $300 for their float covered with Christmas cheer and a conglomeration of trees, deer, candy cane and lights galore. On top of that, they spread the spirit by energetically singing carols along their way.
The Winn and Jensen Families took home second place and $200 dollars for their enchanting scene from Tangled. Rapunzel sat in a boat while the famous lantern scene from Tangled was projected onto a screen. Beautiful little princesses sitting around the boat happily waived to the crowd.
Third place went to the Morgan County Fire Department, who shared their love of the Christmas spirit with the fire engine decorated for the season. From Christmas trees to a lighted hose and ladder, this well planned parade entry caught the eye of Jolly Old Saint Nick, who climbed aboard and waived to the crowd’s delight.
After the parade, the decked-out fire engine and its crew made its way to the end of Young Street and set up for a delightful fireworks display ignited from the Mickelson Mile. The brisk weather may have kept the weak of heart indoors, but those that chose to brave the cold temperatures were not let down.
On Saturday while sipping hot chocolate, visitors viewed the gingerbread house contest entries. This contest was sponsored by Morgan Valley Crafts.
Jennifer Vesper and Krista Johanson each have a reputation for confectionary decoration. Each pushes the limits of frosting and fondant in creating scenes most would never think to attempt. This year they joined forces to create an incredibly detailed display called Rivalry Homes. Their house divided sports Brigham Young University and University of Utah logos and memorabilia. From the BYU fan doing a snow angel to the University of Utah game room complete with a TV screen of the game, Vesper and Johanson used edible material to create the entire house. The amazing gingerbread house won first place, as well as people’s choice.
Second place went to Amanda Allen, who has a talent and creativity all her own. Her whole family assisted in creating an Angry Birds/Three Little Pigs theme last year. This year the family stuck to a children’s theme creating Candy Land. With frosting and candy, Allen created a miniature world of fun and games.
The family category had a wide variety of gingerbread houses that delighted those who stopped to see them. Becca Elmer’s family won first place, Heather Lombard took second place, and the Verlene Johnson Family placed third in the family competition. The mayor’s choice went to Kymberly Vesper’s gingerbread house.