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Oskaloosa Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade & Event Awards

The winners are as follows from a slate of 61 entries in the parade held Thurs. Nov. 30. Awards were presented at 9:30 PM following the parade and concert in the Penn Central Mall. Thanks to EVERYONE who participated and EVERYONE who attended these events.


“Judges Choice” – Clow Valve


Children’s Choice – 1st Assembly of God Church


1st Place Most Outstanding-

Most Outstanding Large Business – MUSCO

Most Outstanding Medium Business – Mahaska Drug

Most Outstanding Small Business – OACDG Diplomats

Most Outstanding Church – First Christian Reformed Church

Most Outstanding Non-Profit – Knights of Columbus

Most Outstanding Use of Animals – Diamonds & Dust Equestrian Drill Team

Most Outstanding Out of Town – Shrine Unit KAABA Hillbillies

 Most Outstanding Individual/Family – Kelly Bender 

Most Outstanding Music – Oskaloosa High School Drum Line


2nd Place–  Outstanding –

Outstanding Large Business –  Mahaska Health Partnership 

Outstanding Medium Business – Eagle One 

Outstanding Small Business – Community 1st Credit Union 

Outstanding Church – Fellowship Bible Church

Outstanding Non-Profit – Oskaloosa Scouts, #71 & 77

Outstanding Use of Animals – The Alley KADTS

Outstanding Out of Town –   SERVPRO

Outstanding Individual/Family – Santa 

Outstanding Music – William Penn Marching Band

1st Place Window Display – Debbie’s Merle Norman

“Home Decorating Contest” Winners

Judge’s Choice – Oskaloosa Downtown Square  

Best First-time Entry – William Young, 401 South 1st St.

Most Original – Steve & Kendra Heaton, 1105 Arbor Trace

Best Use of Color – Alvern & Jane Boetsma, 1201 Arbor Trace         

Best Use of Animation: Kurt & Susan Kallash, 708 South M Street

Best Use of Lights: Mike & Molly Sterner, 1115 C Ave. East

Festival of Trees held at Penn Central Mall.  Proceeds from all auctioned trees and wreaths will go to sustain “Painting with Lights”.  (Amount to be figured yet at this time.)

          Best Use of Decorations:  Organization – Key Club

                                                Business – Fareway


Most Creative:               Organization – FACE of Mahaska County

                                                Business – Book Vault                    


Best Use of Theme:        Organization – FACE of Mahaska County

                                                Business – FocusPoint Chiropractic


People’s Choice: MCG  (Mahaska Communication Group)                                       


3rd Place Overall   $100  FACE of Mahaska County

2nd Place Overall   $200  H & S Feed and Country Store

1st Place Overall   $300  Mahaska Communication Group (MCG)

Young Ambassadors Winners Announced

Main Street Young Ambassador Contest winners were announced in a gala event at the Penn Central Mall Monday evening.

All participants, ages three through kindergarten of the Young Ambassadors Contest, were introduced by Master of Ceremonies, Miranda Keeler. Music was provided by Bob Ballard of Spinners DJ. The Master of Ceremonies provided entertainment for the children during story time. Even Santa made a special appearance.

Local merchants sponsored the children’s canisters. Money placed in the canister was considered votes. This year’s 2017 Young Ambassador Princess is Kaci Rogers, daughter of Cassidy Rogers, and Prince is Kaden Linder, son of Mike and Alisha Linder. 

This year, all proceeds will go to the New Sharon Pre-School and the Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade. Those participating in addition to our winners were Annabelle Rogers, Aubrey Lamb, Isabel Johnson, Jadelynn Kincel, Jayden Wilson, Maddison Johannes, Olivia Doll, Raegan De Groot, Brenton Tennis, Daniel Hasset, Haruto Yoshida, Keaton Walker, Samual Gillies, Teegin Whitlatch, and Wade Rainey.

Gifts provided for all children were donated from local merchants which included Mahaska Drug, Town Square Dental, Hy-Ve, Swims Sports and Engraving, and the Book Vault.

All participants are invited to help spread the magic of Christmas by riding on the Clow Train in the Lighted Christmas Parade “Thirty Years of Christmas Past,” Thursday, November 30th, 2017. Hope to see you at the parade!

Young Ambassador Contest Dates Released

The Main Street Program of the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group has held the Young Ambassador Contest for several years to raise funds to promote the Lighted Christmas Parade. The contest is fun for kids and parents all across Mahaska County. Main Street is seeking area boys and girls ages three through kindergarten to enter, as well as businesses willing to display the canisters of one or more children. The Young Ambassadors will be Oskaloosa representatives at the 2017 Lighted Christmas Parade, November 30, 2017. This Year’s Theme is “30 Years of Christmas Past”.

Entries for candidates will be accepted through Friday, October 20; so enter today! To enter, submit to the Main Street Office of the OACDG (222 1st Ave East) a recent photograph (no larger than 3 x 5) with the name, address, phone number, date of birth of the child, the parents’ name on the back of the picture and $5.00 fee for registration.

Businesses may request to sponsor their own children or children of their employees. Business sponsors are asked to display a secure bank that will be provided for collecting monetary votes for the candidates. Voting will take place October 30 through November 27, 2017.

The Young Ambassadors will be determined based upon amount of money they receive in their canisters.

The Young Ambassadors will be announced Monday, November 27 at 6:00 PM in Center Court of Penn Central Mall. All participants will receive prizes. In addition, all candidates will be invited to participate in the Main Street Lighted Christmas ParadeThursday, November 30.


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