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San Miguel celebrates season with parade, festivities

The McCain family decorated their 1947 Ford Woodie in a “Surfin’ Santa” theme and won the award for Best Individual Vehicle at the San Miguel Lights Parade on Saturday.
The McCain family decorated their 1947 Ford Woodie in a “Surfin’ Santa” theme and won the award for Best Individual Vehicle at the San Miguel Lights Parade on Saturday.

Saturday dawned cold and clear and warmed into a beautiful day.

About noon, people began to gather downtown and vendors set up. Baking contest entrants arrived with cookies and brownies and one peach pie. Jasmine Webster was awarded the ribbon as “Star Baker” for her Christmas mint cookies.

As the sun set, it became noticeably colder, but no one minded.

At 6 p.m. the American Legion Color Guard led off the Lights Parade, marching south down Mission Street, passing the announcer’s booth at The Ranch, where KSBY meteorologist David Hovde introduced each entry as it followed along. They circled Father Reginald Park by the Mission and returned to the Fire Station, where Santa greeted children.

Here’s a list of the winners by category:

▪  Best Overall Entry: “The Baby in the Manger” float by Fuente de Agua Viva Church.

▪  Best Float: “Daisy Doe’s Floating Sleigh” by Monterey Lakes Recreation Co.

▪  Best Individual Vehicle: “Surfin’ Santa” to the McCain family in their 1947 Ford Woodie.

▪  Best Group Vehicles: Estrella Warbirds Jeeps.

▪  Best Mounted Group: Central Coast Riders Breanna Davis and Bill Obermeyer.

▪  Best Walking/Marching Group: Lillian Larsen School students and PTO parents.

▪  Most Creative Group: Maria Elena’s Ballet Folklorico float and dancers, who performed traditional Mexican dances in beautiful costumes.

The Parade Committee as well as sponsors San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and San Miguel Garbage Co. thank everyone who participated in any way!

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Go to www.discoversanmiguel.com for information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. Topical entry forms and applications are available to fill out online. A history section features stories and pictures from early-day families, the town and area.

Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at Lynne_Schmitz@yahoo.com (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.

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