BEDFORD — With more than 100 units all lit up in Christmas lights, the downtown Bedford Christmas parade circled the square Saturday night as crowds turned out to take part in the local tradition.
On a night that was unseasonably warm, big crowds were all along the route. From grand marshal Clarence Brown leading the way, to a group of bagpipers, about 30 Jeeps aglow in lights, and Santa Claus as the final float, the parade had something for everyone.
Sarah Turpen, parade committee chairwoman, said community response to the parade after it was canceled last year because of COVID was great to see.
"The number of entries, the quality of the lights on the entries, and the attendance was one of the largest crowds I've seen and the beautiful weather didn't hurt either," Turpen said.
Sponsored by Bedford Revitalization Inc., there were also activities on the square prior to the parade. Live reindeer, craft vendors and food trucks as well as visits with Santa Claus in Harp Commons drew lots of shoppers and families to downtown.
"At the end of day, the community coming out to support this makes all the difference," she said. "Whether you purchased something from a vendor, or were in the parade, we can't do it without the support of the community."
In addition to the work of the parade committee and volunteers, Turpen thanked the city of Bedford, the Bedford Lions Club and Lawrence County Commissioners for partnering with BRI on Christmas Around the Square.
Judges deemed the following entries best in their categories:
Antique car: Bob and Brenda Wilson, 1968 Chevelle
Antique truck: Max's LLC, 1929 Chevrolet fire truck
Church: Life Missions Ministries
Equestrian: Painting a Sunny New Legacy, Tessa Lewis
Fire truck: Huron Volunteer Fire Department
Award of Excellence (commercial): Innovative Landscaping
Most festive (commercial): Midwest Lakes Marine
Award of Excellence (non-commercial): Day for Lawrence County Sheriff
Most festive (non-commercial): North Lawrence Career Center HOSA
Musical: Bedford North Lawrence Marching Stars
Tractors: Marko and Papaw
Vehicle: Christmas Challenger
Best overall: Bedford Jeepers
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