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Chamber names parade winners

Published 12:00pm Thursday, December 6, 2012

The winners of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Christmas parade have been announced.

“We had in the neighborhood of 70 entries,” said chamber president and CEO Marvin Wagoner. “We saw great creativity and a lot of effort from all of the entries.”

Wagoner said there were four categories of parade winners: non-profit, individual, entertainment and business.

The Alexander City Parks and Recreation Department took top honors for the non-profit category. The Coosa County Sheriff’s Office came in second in the non-profit category, and the Lake Martin Animal Shelter won the third place position.

Teresa Milstead was the winner of the individual division.

In the entertainment category, Barbara’s Studio of Dance won first place.

“We’re very excited,” said Barbara Yates, owner of Barbara’s Studio of Dance. “Its fun to see kids still want to be involved in the community. We had third graders through 12th graders perform, and the 12th graders were just as excited as the third graders. We’re glad to be able to entertain community that’s watching.”

The Benjamin Russell High School Band won second place in the entertainment category and the Lafayette High School band took third honors.

Dr. George Hardy and Lake Martin Storm Shelters tied for first in the business category. Hillabee Towers came in second, and Lake Martin Home Health came in third.

Wagoner said the chamber was very pleased with the 2012 Santa’s Workshop themed parade.

“Everything went extremely well,” Wagoner said. “It was an excellent evening.”

Wagoner said the parade’s great turnout created community spirit and probably benefited the city economically.

“Turnout was overwhelming,” Wagoner said. “The crowds were huge, and what that really means is most likely some of those people visited our restaurants and stores. People probably spent some money, and that helps the community as well.”

Wagoner wished to give a big thank you to all participants, volunteers and the Alexander City Police Department.

“They all did an amazing job,” he said.

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