ST. CHARLESâ€”The Downtown St. Charles Partnership, organizers of the St. Charles Electric Christmas Parade, revealed this week that this yearâ€™s parade had a record turnout, with approximately 15,000 people estimated to be in attendance.
From the nearly 80 entries in the Downtown St. Charles Partnershipâ€™s annual Electric Christmas Parade, a panel of independent judges determined the top three winners in each of three categories: Childrenâ€™s, Not-for-Profit, and Business.
â€œThe judging seems to get more difficult each year,â€ said Darlene Riebe, a volunteer with the Downtown St. Charles Partnership who coordinates the judging process. â€œEveryone really gets into the spirit of the event, and each year we see more organizations and businesses creating really outstanding entries.
â€œThe point totals were extremely close this year; for example, in the Business division, the award winners ranked within fractions of a point from each other.â€
Riebe said that a panel of three judges use a five-point system to rate the parade entries on originality, their use of lights, and creativity.
The winners in each of the categories for 2009 are: Childrenâ€™s, Cub Scout Pack 151, first place; Cub Scout Pack 146, second place; Cub Scout Pack 108, third place; Not-for-Profit, LIFE Church, first place; Chicago Corvette Club, second place; Bob Wulffâ€™s RV, third place; Business, Thunderbolt Roofing, first place; Autopractor, Inc., second place; Filling Station Pub & Grill, third place.
All nine winners have been invited to a special awards presentation before City Council in January.