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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Celebrate the Holidays in Small Town Style with the 2023 Loudonville Christmas Parade & Shop Hop

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

A gorgeous day to have the 2023 Loudonville Christmas Parade, one couldn't ask for better weather for December. Ah, the sights and sounds of the holiday season with the Loudonville Christmas Parade & Shop Hop Parade. This event, held in the heart of small town America, brings together people of all ages to celebrate the joy and spirit of Christmas. From the cheerful floats to the festive decorations, this parade truly captures the essence of the holiday season. The Parade Experience Loudonville's very own John Chipner announced the floats as they rolled down the street, spreading holiday cheer. As the clock struck 2:00 pm, the lively procession of floats kicked off the parade, filling the downtown Main Street with excitement and anticipation. Children and adults alike lined the streets, eager to catch glimpses of the beautifully crafted floats and enjoy the festivities. Candy Delight for All One of the highlights of the parade is the tradition of floats throwing out candy for the children. As the floats passed by, kids joyfully raced to fill their pockets with the pure taste of candy. It's a heartwarming sight to see the smiles on their faces as they collect these sweet treats, making the parade even more special. Float Winners Each year, the parade honors exceptional floats that capture the true spirit of Christmas. This year's float winner was Kurt Schneider for Sheriff. With the theme of "The Grinch won't be stealing Christmas this year," Kurt Schneider, a Deputy Sheriff for 13 years, dedicated his career to protecting Ashland County families and ensuring their safety. His float depicted the Grinch securely locked up in the Whooville Jail, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil during the holiday season. The 2nd Place float winner was Steve Spreng Trucking and Amy's Produce, spreading the message of "Merry Christmas from Steve Spreng Trucking and Amy's Produce." Their float showcased the beauty and abundance of the holiday season, reminding everyone to cherish the blessings that come with this special time of year. Catholic Charities of Ashland County claimed the 3rd Place float winner title with their enchanting float titled "Santa's Workshop." The float offered an inside look at the bustling hub where Santa's elves worked tirelessly to create toys for all the girls and boys. Their message, "Keep doing good... There's room for everyone on the nice list!" resonated with the crowd, emphasizing the importance of kindness and generosity during the holiday season. Loudonville Holiday Window Contest Winners The festive spirit of Loudonville extended beyond the parade itself, with businesses participating in the Loudonville Holiday Window Contest. The winners were as follows: 1st Place - Four Seasons Flowers and Gifts: Their beautifully adorned window display captivated onlookers, showcasing the magic and elegance of Christmas. 2nd Place - Steve Spreng Trucking and Amy's Produce: Their window display exuded warmth and festivity, embodying the joy of the holiday season. 3rd Place - Loudonville Farmers Equity: Their creative display incorporated elements of a traditional Christmas, capturing the attention and admiration of passersby. The Mayor's Gratitude Loudonville Mayor Jason VanSickle expressed his delight with the parade, saying, "What a perfect day for our annual Christmas parade in Loudonville. Main Street was lined with people, most of them children filling their pockets with candy thrown from the floats. I was so happy to see area businesses participating with decorated wagons and vehicles, many in costumes and even a few dogs dressed up walking the parade route. The LHS band sounded great as always." He also extended his gratitude to the Chamber of Commerce for organizing such a delightful event and providing Christmas music downtown while people shopped before and after the parade. It truly was a memorable day for Loudonville. Special Recognition for Kenley Miles A special shout-out goes to Kenley Miles, who won the Ultimate Grand Supreme title in the America's Best Pageant in Mansfield, Ohio. With her title as Jr. Miss Mohican, Kenley will be representing Loudonville in the national competition in Nashville, Tennessee in September 2024. At just 10 years old, she is a shining star and a testament to the talent and grace of Loudonville’s community. Kurt Schneider's Thoughts on the Parade Kurt Schneider, the winner of the float competition and a beloved member of the community, shared his excitement about the event. He emphasized the joy of spending time with the kids and the importance of ensuring their safety while having fun. As he looks ahead to his campaign to be the next County Sheriff, he assured the families of Ashland County that their protection remains his top priority. He and his wife, Candice, expressed their gratitude to the Loudonville Chamber of Commerce and the entire village for hosting such a festive and enjoyable Christmas parade. Winning the first-place trophy was an added bonus to the wonderful experience. Kurt and Candice Schneider wish everyone in Ashland County a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season. Conclusion The 2023 Loudonville Christmas Parade & Shop Hop was a true testament to the beauty of small town America. From the vibrant floats to the smiling faces of children collecting candy, the parade created a magical atmosphere for all to enjoy. As the holiday season approaches, let us remember the spirit of unity and generosity that this event embodied. May the joy and warmth of Christmas continue to fill our hearts, not only during the parade but throughout the entire festive season.


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