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Pine River Parade of Lights: How the Grinch won Christmas

Paws and Claws 4-H Club was recognized as "Best Float in Theme" during the Pine River Parade of Lights with a "Grinch Who Stole Christmas" theme. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal1 / 9
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal As has become tradition, Santa road a school bus at the head of the Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 9, in Pine River.2 / 9
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal All of the children who came to the annual Lunch with Santa at the Pine River American Legion walked away with a cookie and a stocking full of goodies.3 / 9
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal A fire truck parked nearby for the annual Pine River Parade of Lights bonfire became a convenient place to sit for the firefighters attending the event.4 / 9
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal A little boy dressed in his finest for the Lunch with Santa event Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Pine River American Legion.5 / 9
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal Fast enough to give presents to all homes in one night, it is no surprise Santa rode a second float during the Pine River Parade of Lights in Pine River, specifically the Pine River Chamber of Commerce float with Miss Pine River Brianna Adkins, First Princess Tara Huston and Second Princess Avery Cunningham.6 / 9
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal Pine River State Bank was chosen to win the "Best Overall Use of Lights" category of the Pine River Parade of Lights celebration.7 / 9
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal Immediately following the namesake Parade of Lights in Pine River, a bonfire provided warmth for those who waited for the annual fireworks show.8 / 9
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal A fire truck parked nearby for the annual Pine River Parade of Lights bonfire became a convenient place to sit for the firefighters attending the event.9 / 9

The Paws and Claws 4-H Club brought its A-game to the Pine River Parade of Lights celebration Saturday, Dec. 9, with its Grinch-themed lighted float, which won Best Float in Theme shortly after the sun went down in town.

The event theme was "Broadway Lights" celebrating Broadway shows.

Pine River State Bank won a prize with Best Overall Use of Lights.

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The Parade of Lights was neither the beginning nor the end of festivities. Starting at noon at the Pine River American Legion, families lined up so children could sit on Santa's knee for a photo, followed by a cookie and gifts. Free lunch and horse-drawn wagon rides helped entertain everyone as they waited their turn.

After the parade free cookies and hot drinks were passed out at the Pine River Chamber of Commerce Information Center and consumed outside around a roaring bonfire as those gathered waited for a dazzling fireworks show at 6:30 p.m.

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