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Rain doesn't dampen holiday spirit

November 21, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - What do you do when it rains on your parade?

If you were in the Waynesboro Christmas Parade on Saturday, you just kept on marching, twirling, waving or driving.

Ten minutes into the 48th annual parade, a steady drizzle started to fall.

Onlookers popped up their umbrellas, and some parade participants made slight concessions to the rain. Shriners wore plastic covers over their fezzes, and men driving old-time tractors donned brightly colored rain parkas. The concessionaires put sheets of plastic over their pushcarts and continued hawking their wares. A Shriner in a tiny car took a cloth and "wiped" both sides of a nonexistent windshield. Some marchers pulled their hoods up, while others seemed to ignore the chilly rain.

Among the 85 marching units were Muppet puppets singing "Feliz Navidad," Red Hat Society women riding a float and local royalty - Miss Franklin County Fair Amanda Koons, Little Miss Franklin County Fair Brittany Newlin and Franklin County Dairy Princess Alicia Carey.

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Members of the Waynesboro Area High School Band wore Santa hats and played horns and trombones decorated with tinsel.

The Cavaliers from Chambersburg, Pa., performed, as did the Rainbow Riders of Waynesboro. Members of the 4-H Seeing Eye Puppy Club marched with their dogs, with handlers and canines dressed as Christmas tree ornaments.

Several Franklin County Shrine Club members rode in a 1922 Chevrolet Model G 3/4-ton pickup truck, while other Shriners zipped around in tiny cars. Santa and Mrs. Claus brought up the rear in a horse-drawn wagon.

Sierra Wetzel, 5, said she liked Santa and "the horsies" the best. Her mother, Stacy Wetzel of Waynesboro, said the family moved to the town three years ago.

"We love it in Waynesboro," she said.

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