Designers of the Cheraw Christmas parade’s winning floats received their rewards on Tuesday. Each winning group was given a a $250 check for its entry.
Floats were judged on workmanship (effort and quality of work), overall appearance, use of materials, use of lights and music, creativity and originality and rider participation.
There were three winners. Anointed Word Ministries won best overall. The prize for best religious float was awarded to Cheraw Family Worship Center.
Sheriff Jay Brooks and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office took home the award of best holiday float.
Dale Davis, tourism and marketing director for the town of Cheraw, said he was pleased with the turnout and participation for Cheraw’s ChristmasFest held on Dec. 12.
“Saturday was a huge success,” he said. “There were over 1,000 people in attendance at this year’s ChristmasFest.”
Davis said he couldn’t pick a favorite from the daylong holiday festival.
“I cannot say that any one thing was the biggest draw for the event,” he said. “Kids enjoyed each of the rides and families gathered to watch the wonderful dance performances. I believe Santa Claus had the longest line throughout the day. Of course, he is always the main attraction when kids are around, especially this close to Christmas. Many gathered in lines, waiting on their turn to meet the Frozen Trio performers. Everything was just wonderful.”
Davis said he is already looking ahead for next year and planning new ideas.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.