Large crowds invade Sunnyside for Christmas holiday kick-off events


Lindsay Steele of Kennewick films Sunnyside's annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade this past Saturday.

Sunnyside was aglow this past Saturday as 70 floats decorated in lights took to South Sixth Street and East Edison Avenue for the 23rd annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

Preceding the floats was the Jingle Bell Run. Winning for best costume award in the running event was Lex Luther.

The male competitor crossing the finish line first was Javier Neri. He was followed by Eduardo Cuevas and Enrique Ochoa.

In the female division, Marisa Broersma was the first to finish the race. Runner-up honors went to Doris Matson, and Brittany Broersma earned third place honors.

The person deemed to have the best Christmas spirit was Doug Rodriguez.

There were 10 categories of floats in the parade. The sweepstakes winner was Oasis Drilling of Yakima. That float was also awarded top honors in the commercial farm division.

Runner-up honors in the commercial farm division went to LTI/Milky Way, and third place honors were presented to RDO Equipment.

Schab Farms was presented top honors in the modern farm division, with runner-up honors being awarded to Kolompe Dairy. Third place winner in the division was Ervin Kilian Farms.

For old farm equipment, Wheeler Farms was presented the first place trophy. Runner-up honors were awarded to Darrell Wheeler and Prins Dairy took home the trophy for third place honors.

In the non-commercial organization or club division, the Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department earned top honors. Runner-up honors were presented to American Medical Response, and third place honors were presented to the city of Grandview.

Lowered 2 Perfection was the only entry in the antique cars and trucks division, earning the club top honors.

G.S. Long earned top honors for its entry in the commercial Christmas division. Runner-up honors were presented to Burrows Tractors and Yakima Transit brought home the third place award.

For noncommercial entries, Home Depot was awarded the first place trophy, Bob Haverfield earned runner-up honors and Hall Chevrolet Buick earned third place honors.

In the animal drawn entries, Valley Hills Funeral Home earned top honors. Yakima Valley Dairy Women earned runner-up honors, and the third place honors were presented to Harold Rodriguez and Tristan Elwell.

Panda Bear Childcare earned top honors in the youth entries division. Earning runner-up honors was the Sunnyside community float and third place honors were presented to Sunnyside Christian High School's FFA chapter.


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