December 15th Shrewsburys Off Road Christmas Parade was another great SUCCESS! Once again the little town shows their giant hearts on their sleeves – or in this case on their floats, ATV’s UTV’s tractors and anything else with wheels! The parade spanned a massive 3 blocks and had an amazing turnout of fans! A beautiful spread of soups, chili’s, hot dogs, and tons of treats waited at the hall for the parade entrants, watchers and supporters along with Santa of course! The children took turns visiting Santa and enjoyed a few treats from the head Elf. Thank you to ALL who participated, set up the hall, baked, cooked and dressed up for this joyous community occasion.
Dave and Karen Healey took first place with their Minion Choir and received a plaque for their efforts! Beautiful float showed off the magic of a Minion Christmas as it serenaded all with Minion Christmas Carols! Beautiful Ella was also in the Minion spirit!
Karen Milliken and Beth Schieman-Doherty took second place with their Charlie Brown Christmas float and Rae & Kris Osborn along with Holly Vollans and Peter Deruytter were awarded 3rd place for their rendition of Elf on the Shelf. Many honerable mentions were made as well.
WOW! The 5th Annual Chili Cook Off was the best one yet! We had 9 amazing Chilis with Dave Webster taking 1st place, 2nd place was Dave Bonnell, and 3rd went to Pat Langan! I have so much appreciation for the cooks who spend so much time and love on their chili’s. I know it is truly a labor of love! Well done all! You managed to feed and impress 75 judges!
I would like to thank all the lovely helpers! My beautiful family host this every year and so many friends volunteer to make this happen! Thank you Kris for all you do for me, for providing electricity for 10 crocks and still having the lights on! Thank you to my children Becky Osborn, Aiden Osborn and my beautiful grand daughter Sammy! Thank you to Don and Jitka Osborn! Blair C. Longhurst and Laurie Crouse-Longhurst were out in full force as they are for every Shrewsbury event! Dave and Karen Healey, Terri Lynne Ramsdendid a fantastic job cooking up some toast as a perfect side to the many chili’s. Holly Vollans made up some beautiful baskets and Peter Danieljoined her and drew a $137 50/50 win! Ben Coll kept the party going with his fantastic entertainment skills – as always! Lastly thank you to the SRA board and members for pitching in and encouraging us to continue this event!
Thanks to our sponsors and generous judges (attendees), we were able to raise enough cash to donate almost $500 to the SRA PotttyFund to improve the washrooms at the hall. Thanks to Blenheim Home Hardware, Blenheim Chev, Barb Christmas, and Holly Vollans for their gift prize donations and Shrewsbury LTD for donating the 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize money as well as pop and water.
Great show Debra Klippenstein and Tony Gaal running the Pumpkin Carving contest with Becky Osborn winning the adult pumpkin and Lorenzo – grandson of Richard Welch winning the junior. What an amazing turnout! Added a huge amount of Halloween cheer and decor!
Thank you Shrewsbury! For always coming out, getting involved, supporting events, volunteering your time and resources! I have never been part of a community like this one before; a community that bonds together to make things happen! Shrewsbury truly is a gem and I can honestly say we are “Living The Dream!!