NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton and residents from all around the county braved the cold on Spring Street for the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Holiday Parade.
“This is a magical and fun event for all in attendance. Each year, it grows larger and more festive,” an event organizer said.
The theme this year for the parade was “Songs of Christmas.” Girl scout troops were dressed as presents and some had blown up guitars. Hampton Troop 96598’s float won first place with their air guitar musical float.
The Sussex County Capricians’ float was awarded second place for their display of a Christmas tree, snowmen and candy canes. Third place went to the 4H Dairy Club’s float with a wintery wonderland with Frosty as the main character. All those who rode on the 4H float were dressed as snowmen.
This years’ sponsors of the parade were Lakeland Bank, SB One Bank, Jessica Caldwell and Associates, Harold E. Pellow and Associates Inc, Mitchell Agency, Smith McCracken, Laddy, Clark, and Ryan and Kudzo.
Those who participated in the parade this year included:
- The Town Crier, Bill Joseph echoed the cry this year
- Newton Police Chief Michael Richards riding in his last parade as the Newton Police Chief
- Color Guard- Cub Pack 85
- The Newton High School Band
- GNCC Float
- Town Mayor Helen LeFois and Town Manager, Thomas Russo
- 2019 Queen of the Fair, Miss Montague, Lucy Colvin driven by Bob Woods
- 1st runner up, Miss Wantage, Caroline Reese and 2nd runner up Miss Andover Twp. Nicolette Occifinto, driven by Charlie Schafer
- People’s Choice, Miss Branchville, Bradley Heinke, driven by Mike Monaco
- Miss Fredon, Jessica Van Glahn and Miss Hardyston, Cami Mastenbrook
- Miss Lafayette, Mikayla Schappert & Miss Hopatcong, Samantha Schuman driven by Judy Wilson
- Miss Newton Bridget Guziewicz and Little Miss Newton Rachel Mary Velez
- Miss Vernon, Hannah Van Blarcom and Miss Stillwater, Ali Schutte
- Miss Andover Boro, Emily Brothman
- Miss Frankford, Mackenzie Bigott and Miss Sandyston, Emily Schindler driven by Larry Savage
- Miss Hampton, Kelly Insalaco & Miss Hamburg, Mikaela Crowell
- Model T Club
- Christ Community Church, which had a float with a live band
- Sussex County Miners Skyland Stadium
- D’Marge Dance Studio, who did a Rockette Routine “Toyland Ball”
- Newton Service Unit 5688 & 97171
- Newton Girl Scouts
- Daisy Girl Scout Troop 97834
- Girl Scout Troop 97272
- Hampton Daisy Troop 97937
- Hampton Brownie Troop 97273
- Hampton Troop 96598
- Girl Scout Troop 52256
- Kittatinny High School Band
- Andover Cub Pack 181
- Cub Scout Troop 85
- Hampton Pack 96
- Maxwell & Molly’s
- Love on a Lease 4-H Seeing Dogs
- Merry Go Riders
- Kicken Chickens 4H Club
- Sussex County Capricans
- Crafty Clovers
- Sussex County Milmakers
- Sussex 4H Alpacha Club
- Giant Gymnastics of Sparta
- Terco Enterprises
- 200 Club
- ReMax Platinum Group
- Zoe Health
- Newton Fire Department with Santa Claus on the ladder truck
- Andover Township Fire Department
- Andover Boro Fire Department
- Green Township Fire Department
- Franklin Band
- Newton High School Band
After the parade, Santa came back down Spring Street on the new Newton Fire Truck escorted by the Newton High School Band and Kittatinny High School Band. Santa sat outside the Fire Museum taking pictures with the children of Sussex County. He also handed out candy canes in his workshop made by Newton High School teacher James Hoffman and the Newton High School students last year.
A farmhouse made by John, 6; Alyssa, 10; and Brianna Brennan 12 from Sparta and a 1967 Chevy impala truck made from scratch by Kaylee Handzus from Sparta were the two entries in the Gingerbread Contest in the Newton Theatre Arts Academy.
Mayor LeFois was the judge for the two displays and said that it looked like “Sussex County on a table”. LeFois gave 1st place $50 gift certificates to Applebees to both contestants.
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