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Holiday cheer and creativity plentiful at Inwood parade

December 06, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

INWOOD, W.VA. - You have to give participants in Sunday's Inwood Christmas Parade credit for imagination.

Among the 165 units streaming down U.S. 11 was the C&S Express.

Positioned on top of the float was a giant red apple that shot candy into the air through its stem.

A man rotated the apple as he picked out a spot in the crowd at which to shoot the candy.

The contraption hissed, then shot the candy into the air.

The man then stepped up along the side of the apple and poured another cupful of candy down the stem.

A concrete truck passed the crowd with its long concrete chute sticking out in front of it.

Riding in the chute were two small children.

A man riding a John Deere tractor pulled children behind him who were riding in brightly colored 55-gallon steel drums that had wheels mounted on them.

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The South Berkeley Youth Basketball League presented two floats, one for girl players and one for boy players.

Each of the floats had a basketball hoop affixed to the back of it.

Rap music poured from one of the floats as each of the groups dribbled basketballs behind the vehicles.

The floats stopped periodically, and the kids shot some hoops.

The attractions amused many along the route, like Debbie Mooreland of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Mooreland said she comes to the Christmas parade every year with her father, Jim Butler.

"It's a beautiful parade - the horses, the children. I just love them," Mooreland said.

Children and adults crowded around a man who was selling inflatable toys, stuffed animals and other toys from an overflowing shopping cart.

Near the cart, Bill Jockheck's 2-year-old niece was eager to get her hands on a Barney balloon. He tied it to her wrist.

Jockheck said it was the first time he had been to the celebration, which is in its 10th year.

"We've heard it's a pretty long parade," said Jockheck, of Martinsburg.

Antique cars, classic hot rods and floats carrying various childrens groups were interspersed among the unusual ones.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Special Response Team truck made an appearance, as well as McGruff the Crime Dog, who rode in the back of a pickup truck sponsored by Berkeley County Crime Solvers.

The Musselman High School band played holiday favorites and Lou Scally, the weather forecaster for NBC-25 in Hagerstown, was one of many local personalities in the parade.

Three green trucks representing the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. slowly made their way down the street and sirens screamed. They were followed by units from Back Creek Volunteer Fire Co., Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Co. and Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co.

The parade started at Musselman High School and traveled north on U.S. 11. The parade looped around the intersection of U.S. 11 and W.Va. 51 in Inwood and returned to the school.

A tree lighting was scheduled for 5 p.m. at the high school.

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