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Holiday on parade

Waynesboro holds Christmas march

Waynesboro holds Christmas march

November 20, 2005|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Both the young and old attracted a lot of attention Saturday afternoon in Waynesboro's annual Christmas parade.

Several small children dressed as Santas walked in the parade, drawing admiring comments from onlookers, as did a truckload of angels from Good Shepherd Day Care. A child riding in the last car of a train sponsored by Fetterhoff Chapel United Methodist Church was asleep, oblivious to the music of the marching bands.

The weather - sunny and cold - was perfect for a Christmas event, and it seemed as though most of Waynesboro's residents came out to watch the parade on Pa. 16.

Children didn't get all of the attention, though.

Robert Geedy, 70, of Trinity House in Waynesboro, said he spent 20 hours decorating his power wheelchair for the parade.

"If you want to make it nice, not just throw it together, it takes time," Geedy said.

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The chair was decorated with tinsel and Christmas ornaments.

"I just had the Christmas spirit for a change," Geedy said when asked why he went to all the work.

"The kids went wild," he added. At one point, he doubled back so some children could get a closer look.

People sat in lawn chairs, kitchen chairs, on their front steps and in the windows of buildings to watch. Many spread blankets on the curb.

The usual emergency service vehicles and marching bands were joined by a Humvee, tractors, a hot rod towed by an all-terrain vehicle, horse-drawn conveyances and the Shriners' tiny cars.

Rainbow Gymnastics students dressed as reindeer turned cartwheels and walked on their hands in center square, and Waynesboro YMCA gymnasts did back flips.

Members of a Girl Scout troop also wore antlers, and members of the World Harvest Outreach church rode a float with some Sesame Street characters.

Katie Baer, 4, watched the parade with her mother, Missie Baer of Waynesboro, and her aunt, Julie Scott of Chambersburg, Pa.

While waiting for Santa Claus, Katie said she liked "the candy and the drums" the best.

Scott said she was raised in Waynesboro, but had not been to the Christmas parade in 10 years.

"I love it," she said. "I love parades."

Lois Toms, who has lived in Waynesboro since 1964, sat on the front step of a friend's home to watch the festivities.

"We all go in for hot coffee and doughnuts afterwards," she said. The parade "hasn't changed much over the years," she said, although "the little Santa Clauses are something new. There's always the firetrucks, the majorettes and the gaps," she added, referring to the pauses in the parade when the units became too widely separated.

"This is a wonderful time for kids," Toms said. "When the weather is good, there's no excuse to stay home and not see it."

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