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The Smith Family with "Yellow Submarine" was named the Grand Marshall's Choice at the 86th Annual Centralia Halloween Parade.

Family Floats Among Big Winners at Centralia Halloween Parade

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

Family Floats were the biggest winners of this year's Centralia Halloween Parade Saturday. The winners were announced at the Centralia Bell Tower after the parade finished. The winner of the Grand Marshall Award was the Smith Family for their float "The Yellow Submarine". The winner of the Harley Queen Award was the Koelling Family with their float "Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Cardinal's Rock".

Jessie Koelling and Jessica Boswell accepted the Harley Queen Award. They said that they work together at Hollywood Hair and decided to do a float for their kids for the parade. They said it took them three-days to make their float. "We had a moving baseball bat and baseball. We also had a balloon St. Louis arch, and we also had a red Cardinal hat that we stuffed", said Boswell. "The best part was hearing the whole block take me out to the ball game as we went through pass the judge's station", said Koelling.


Parade Committee Chair Jay Borum says that even though it was cold, the parade was wonderful once again this year. He says there was a good assortment of floats this year. "They were very imaginative and very artistic, and that's what we like. People who use a lot of imagination put a lot of effort into this. So many people work so hard on those floats that it's unbelievable. They usually stay up late at night burning the midnight oil just to get these done, and they really did a good job. We're very happy this year", said Borum.


However there were some last minute changes this year. There were no awards given in the commercial category this year. Committee member Butch Mathus says that the judges felt that the commercial entries were sub-par, and that they didn't qualify for the respected award in the parade."There was really no commercial entry that qualified for that. Hopefully next year, all commercial entries will participate in next year's parade. If they want to participate, they will be paying a fee to participate in the parade, or they must build a qualifying float", said Mathus. Mathus says there will be more discussion about how next year's parade will take place.

There was one surprise from one float entry this year. The Caudell Family from Clarksville, Tennessee gave away gift certificates in certain bags of candy and goodies they were giving out to the crowd from their "Santa's Sleigh" float. The family says the gift certificates ranged from $25 to up to $1,000 that they gave out, and hopefully the kids didn't throw them out. They said they enjoyed being in the parade and will be back next year.

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