Holiday parade a growing tradition
By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
INWOOD, W.Va. - Two years ago, only about five groups turned out for the parade that preceded the lighting of the community Christmas tree in Inwood and "they were just in the back of pickup trucks," according to this year's co-chair Darla Rutherford.
The third annual parade held Sunday featured more than 70 floats, vehicles and groups consisting of several hundred participants. Lining the relatively short parade route were close to 2,000 people braving brisk winds and gray skies, or huddled inside their cars.
"This was my daughter's dream. Three years ago she said, 'Let's try and have a community Christmas tree,'" said Ray Rieg, one of the organizers, of his daughter Cora "Peachie" Crim.