Friday, November 24, 2017

Chamber Announces Parade Winners

 

Sixty-two units and more than 923 adults and children took part in the 32nd Annual Santa Claus Lane Parade held Friday, November 24 in downtown Olean. Paula Snyder, Jamestown Community College; Max Bullers, Home Depot of Olean, and Vanessa Foster and Josh Yanetsko of Olney, Maryland did judging for this season’s parade.

The Blitzen Award, sponsored by Times Herald was awarded to Portville Girl Scouts as the most photogenic float or unit; The Seasons Greetings Award, sponsored by Mallery’s Autobody was awarded to G2 Gymnastics of Shinglehouse, PA, to the best newcomer to the parade; The Rudolph Award, sponsored by National Grid Co., was awarded to Bolivar Fire Department for the float with the most or best use of lights; The Snowflake Award, sponsored by the Street Classics Car Club was awarded to YMCA After School Porgrams for the unit with the most participants in the parade; Angelic Spirit Award, sponsored by Mandy’s Flowers, was awarded to Southside Union Chapel of Olean as the most spiritual/religious float or unit.  The Elves Award, sponsored by Good Times Events Center, was awarded to Worth W. Smith of Olean, NY for to the float or unit that best typifies the holiday through the eyes of a child; Jingle Bells Award, sponsored by Microtel Inn of Olean, was awarded to Neighborhood School of Dance, the best theatrical (music/dance) float or unit; and The Sleigh Award, presented by Reisner Law Group, was awarded to 1967 SeaGrave Ladder Truck out of Machias, NY as the most decorated larger truck (fire truck, flatbed, utility vehicles, etc.)

“The addition of the 27 snowflakes and the two pole trees in the roundabouts were a GREAT ADDITION to Santa Claus Lane.  The weather was great and loads of people came out to the parade. The greater Olean area is a well-diversified community and as such, people from all walks of life and religion attended the parade to celebrate the gifts and graces of the holiday seasons.  It is truly a night when the community comes together,” stated Meme Krahe Yanetsko, GOACC COO.

GOACC is also encouraging organizations to participate in the Portville Holiday Celebration AND the Allegany Holiday Celebration scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, November 25 at dusk.  For more information, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email.

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