We rode, and helped out behind the scenes, at the annual Columbia State
Park All Equestrian Christmas Christmas Parade on December 9, 2012.
All photos courtesy of Kathy Zumbrunn.
You may jump to the newsletter article below the pictures.
Santa and his miniature horse
Terri Arington packing the toys
Mid Valley Members take first place for "Mounted Group"
Mid Valley Color Guard [L-R: Julie Dorrepaal, Candace Peterson and Marlene Fultz]
The registration team
New MV member KiKi Edgerton and her pony, Bullet
MV member Nancy Willmes and sister Kathy Jones
The Bauhr Bunch
Katherine Reeves and Richard Hodgson
Judging the pooper scoopers
Happy teen, Corrie Dollarhide and Michael King
Terri Arington delivering toys to Sammi Rhodes of Amador Calaveras
Tuolumne County Action Agency (ACTCAA)
Columbia All Equestrian Christmas Parade
By Carol Jo Hargreaves
Another wonderful parade! I am so proud of all who participated and made
this year's parade even better than 2012's! The weather was bright and sunny
and the counts of both parade entries and spectator attendance increased over
last year. There was a full page article on page 10 of the Union Democrat
Weekender accompanied by a large color photo that I am sure drew attention to
our event and increased attendance. Thanks to Gary Linehan and the newspaper
for their continuing support. In addition, I sincerely appreciate Leslie
Davis of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce for sharing her long list of media
contacts with me and for spreading the word about our parade.
Thanks to Jean Tucker, Terri Arington and Kathy Zumbrunn for helping me
post our colorful parade flyers all over Tuolumne County and to those of you
who put posters up in the Valley as well.
MY THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED:
Doug and Cathy Dollarhide helped me with tons of behind the scenes tasks
to make the parade a success. Doug was in charge of parking and traffic
control as well as after-parade clean-up. Cathy recruited and worked with the
social service agency representative who attended the parade and received
donated toys. Cathy made boxes for toy collection and thank you notes to
distribute to toy donors.
The new Columbia State Park administrator, Greg Martin, and his staff
supported the parade from beginning to end, approved the two-time-around idea
and made sure street barricades were accessible to us very early Sunday
Lloyd Erlandson secured the required insurance coverage from BCHC.
Always cheerful and easy to work with CSHA-certified judge, Alice
Lawellen, conducted pre-judging of all willing entries then judged again
during the parade. She carefully calculated points, documented her
results and helped Cathy Dollarhide and me present awards at the
Professional announcer, Mike Day, brought his increased capacity public
address system, played Christmas music before the parade and skillfully
greeted and announced each entry as it made its way down Columbia's Main
The uniformed gentlemen of the Community Service Unit capably directed
traffic and assisted parade entries to safely cross streets. According to our
best count, there were more than 153 riders in 27 parade entries; only two
entrants "no-showed." I was delighted the Merced County Sheriff's Posse (a
polished and experienced parade group) and the Columbia Stage Coach, driven
by Tom Fraser, joined us this year. Fifty-two riders were Mid Valley Unit
members who rode as individual entries or in the Mid Valley Unit group. In
addition, there were at least 20 Mid Valley members present who were not
riding but who helped with all facets of putting on the parade and cleaning
The willing volunteers at the registration table (Cathy Dollarhide,
Stephanie Stott, Mischele Rangel) and my husband, Larry, kept me and all of
the paperwork well-organized and assisted with the check-in process.
Terri Arington graciously delivered yummy breakfast treats to the
registration table to help kick start our day with sugar.
Joe Pimentel, parade starter and pacer, made sure entries moved smoothly
and evenly and professionally handled a somewhat belligerent biker who didn't
understand loud motorcycles and horses don't mix. Thanks, Joe!
Randy Powell brought his quad to help Doug with parking.
Debra Mason dutifully served as the go-to person for potentially
dangerous riders and animals. Thankfully there were no incidents! A cart-
pulling mini with flying mane trotted quickly down Main Street for a short
distance but its driver soon got him under control.
Again this year, John Kidd greeted parade goers as the jolly cart-driving
Santa Claus with colorfully dressed Maggie Nevitt accompanying him as Mrs.
Cathy Dollarhide, with assistance from Johnny Leal, collected two
truckloads of donated toys, $106 in cash, and three gift certificates for the
Amador Calaveras Tuolumne County Action Agency, ensuring children of more
than 600 Tuolumne County families will experience the joy of having a wrapped
gift under the Christmas tree this year. Terri Arington delivering toys to
Sammi Rhodes of Amador Calaveras Tuolumne County Action Agency (ACTCAA)
Judging the pooper scoopers Johnny Leal and Garret Dollarhide
Kathy Zumbrunn skillfully took tons of photos of all aspects of the
parade and its entrants, some of which are included in this edition of the
newsletter and others that will be posted on the unit's website.
Dan Prine organized the Mid Valley Unit entry and provided Santa caps to
each rider to create a lively holiday appearance. Congratulations! Mid Valley
Unit was again awarded First Place in the Mounted Group class!
Here is a list of parade riders from Mid Valley Unit. Many rode as part
of our unit's entry and others rode as separate individual or group entries.
My sincere apologies if I missed anyone: Terri Arington, Lee Bailey, Karen
Barindelli, Steve Bauhr, Jan Canavan, Steve and Gabby Christner and family,
Karen De Angelis, Rudy Dezzani, Julie Dorrepaal, Kiki Edgerton, DeAnn
Edwards, Debra Evans, Paul and Corky Fellingham with daughter Tara Castello
and granddaughter Payton Gillian, Marlene Fultz, Janine Geissler, Candy
Graham, Priscilla Hauschildt, Richard Hodgson, Carlena Kellogg, John Kidd,
Rich Kirchner, Debra Lewis, Hailey Lopes, Sally Moore, Maggie Nevitt, Claudia
Parrish and Kayla, Susie Perry, Carl and Julie Perry, Tami Peters, Candace
Peterson, Joe and Michelle Pimentel, Dan, Logan and Nikki Prine, Katherine
Reeves, Dave and Jody Rumsey with Kaitlyn, Mikayla and Kaycee, Laurel Rumsey,
Barbara Savery, Dennis Serpa, Dianne and Ron Stearns, Kathy Truitt, Jean and
Steve Tucker, Vicki Vermeer, Jim Westmoreland, Nancy Willmes and Diane
Ziettlow. The banner was carried by Michele Pimentel and Nina Cash.
Corrie and Garrett Dollarhide, Joan Wilkinson, 4-H kids, and many others
scooped poop to ensure the streets of Columbia were as clean as they were
upon our arrival.
Yes, Christmas Parade Day was definitely fun and exciting! Thanks to everyone
who welcomed the holiday season by joining me in Columbia Sunday,