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Lisa Hobbs photo First-place winners are McMinnville Church of God, Girl Scout Troop 839, WCHS softball team, Durham School Services, Scott Farms, and Bill Zechman with his 1929 Mercedes SSR Gazelle. Pictured, front row, from left, are Hope Mullican, Poppy Randall, Ellie Sutton, Mary Myers, Izzy Puller, Caroline McGee, Zoey Hayes and Anne Hunter Myers. Second row, Kyra Hillis, Lexie Chadwell, Carol Rutledge, Mayor Jimmy Haley, Tonia Raider, Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord, Jeff Page, and Savannah Scott.

McMinnville’s 2017 Christmas Parade was one entry shy of 100. 
“We had 99 entries and I want to give a shout-out and say thanks to the other city departments who came together to help us with that,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord, during Tuesday night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

Parades usually range from 60 and 80 entries. Ones in excess of 90 are rare. The city had to utilize the circle drive at West Elementary in order to accommodate the entries and arrange the extra-long parade.

The long parade had two contributing factors with a superhero theme and 2018 being a big election year.

Taking the prestigious People’s Choice Award and $200 was Redemption Center, an interdenominational church. Lead pastor Steve Madison says the money is going to a good cause.

“We’re giving this to McMinnville Special Games,” said Madison. “We don’t keep the money when we win. We want to do so much in the community and giving back is part of that.”

McMinn-ville Special Games was founded in 2013 and offers a fun-filled day devoted to the children in McMinnville and Warren County with special needs. There are Olympic-style games and lots of fun and prizes for the participants. The organization, along with McMinnville Breakfast Rotary, also hosts Horsin’ Around, a recreational equestrian program, and an annual Fishing Rodeo for men, women and children with special needs.

An award ceremony was held Tuesday night at City Hall.