Havana's business coalition, the Havana Merchants Association (HMA), ran a good track last Saturday as the town and HMA sponsored its annual Holiday Festival and Lawn Mower Parade. While visitors were meager in the early hours, folks came trotting out of the woodwork mid-day in hopes of finding good spots to be able to enjoy the parade up close.
Kids had a ball (snowball at that!) playing in the real snow that several said they had never seen before. Families enjoyed riding in the horse-drawn carriage (and those horses were no nags ... they were beautiful!) and trains. Vendors were happy with the afternoon sales and several visitors said a key element to their attending was not having a gate charge. “It gets expensive with our family of six if we pay at the entry point and then get something to eat, or find something unique from the vendors on the streets or in the shops,” said one.
The day: Cool in the morning, perfect by parade-time at 1:00 p.m.
The parade: Ahhh, the parade. In its 14th year, the parade took off from the gate in style, with many lawn mower and golf cart floats passing out candy en route. The Havana PumpkinFest king and queen rode with the famous Snow Queen who looked beautiful as well.
HMA's president, Terri Paul and her husband Marc, HMA's treasurer, Nancy Saunders, Jim Kellum and all of Santa's little elves who helped put the event together: What a magnificent day! It turned out spectacularly and, just like at Louisville, Kentucky in May and at the Preakness and Belmont later, you all made it a fantastic Triple Crown Derby! Congratulations, and many thank-ious!