Folks in Maxwell braved the chilly temperatures Saturday evening for their first ever Country Christmas and Tractor Light Parade.Elbow-to-elbow, hundreds packed the streets as about a dozen floats made their way through and a prize was awarded to the best-decorated float. Organizers say the inaugural event was a success.
“It was an awesome turnout,” said Maxwell Parks and Recreation executive director Kyle Miller. “It was great to see the whole community come together.”
The parade included a fully lit aviation loading truck, tractors, and a rice harvester bankout. Santa even came for a visit, escorted by the Maxwell Fire Department.
“I wish our town would have done this a long a time ago,” said Gustavo Rangel as the three-hour event started. Stardust Dancers lead the parade with a dance routine and the impressive light parade followed.
Following the parade, attendees shopped and grabbed a bite to eat in the vendor area.
The menu included street tacos, homemade tamales, hot chocolate, and pulled pork sandwiches. Several retail booths provided homemade crafts, crochet items, and Maxwell Panther pride attire. One group was selling hand picked oranges to benefit St. Jude’s Hospital.
“We sold snowman soup to help raise money for the Maxwell 4H sheep group,” said Brook Santiago. “It is a cold evening, but it’s a lot of fun being out here.”
While patrons ate, shopped, and mingled, Maxwell Parks and Recreation announced the night’s parade winner, Canal Farms. The winning entry was a fully lit rice bankout tractor driven by Zach Dennis. In addition to the hundreds of lights, large wrapped presents lay atop the equipment.
“Its great to see Maxwell coming together and putting on such a successful event, I am truly enjoying this evening,” Ricky Robledo.
Santa Claus was making his rounds and took a moment to visit with children at the Maxwell Fire House.
“Santa is here, there is great food, everyone is in good spirits, and I am going to look forward to this event for many years to come,” said Tina Dry.
The night continued with performances by the Maxwell Junior High and High School band, tree lighting ceremony, and flurries of snow in the streets.
Miller commented that he would like to thank the Maxwell Fire Department, Nina Perry, the Maxwell Parks and Recs Auxiliary group, Vicki Wilson, Miss Colusa County, the vendors, parade entries, Gustavo Rangel, Samantha Mason, Leighann Morris and Joan Johnson.
“We are looking forward to planning next year’s event,” said Randy Wilkins, Maxwell Parks and Recreation President.■