OSCODA – Treats, drinks and holiday cheer filled the Oscoda streets Saturday in preparation for the 14th annual Northern Lights Parade and Community Celebration.
Festivities began in the afternoon on Saturday. In the late afternoon, organizations gathered on Dwight Street. There was cookie decorating provided by Miss Huron Shores 2018 Emma Seidel, free hot cocoa and candy canes being served by the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and a bake sale by the Crew-7 Venturing Crew featuring brownies, cookies, cupcakes and more.
On US-23 in front of the Oscoda Township Hall, the Oscoda Rotary Club in conjunction with Oscoda Interact served eager residents hot cider and donuts while the Oscoda Fire Department served chili for sale inside the fire barn. Oscoda Boosters sold Oscoda Owls athletic gear across from the Edelweiss Tavern as well.
When darkness hit, the parade began, featuring The Oscoda Color Guard, 40/8 train, The Oscoda Marching band, emergency personnel and 23 other businesses and service clubs.
A stand out float to many was the large root beer float mug foaming with bubbles from Wiltse’s Brew and Pub.
Santa Claus also appeared on The Oscoda Lions club float waving to local girls and boys and wished them a Merry Christmas.
The bright colored floats and candy flying through the air filled the streets. Many participated in the parade but only four could be named winners. The four categories for the Best in Glow Competition were industrial, business, nonprofit and family.
The industrial winner went to the Oscoda Airport Authority for their decorated plow trucks with an airplane and they received the traveling trophy.
The business winner was Wiltse’s Brew Pub for their foaming root beer float. They also received a traveling trophy.
The nonprofit winner was The Oscoda Lions club featuring Santa Claus with reindeer and his sleigh and they will receive a monetary donation from the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce (OACC). The Family winner was the Oscoda Boy Scouts Troop 959 with a decorated trailer and they will receive a donation from OACC as well.
Honorable mentions were given to the Candy Land float by the Edelweiss Tavern and Budget Used Cars for their Charlie Brown float called Peanuts.