Pawhuska may be able to claim Whoville as its second sister city after “The Grinch” helped steal a first-place finish in Saturday night’s competition at the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.
The holiday-begrudging Dr. Seuss character was part of the Tolson Agency entry, which judges awarded with the top prize in the parade’s “Profit” division.
In the “Non Profit” category, there was a tie for first between Blue and Gold 4-H and the Pawhuska High School band.
Second place from the Profit entries went to Historic Whiting Bed and Bath and third-place honors went to Sister’s Attic.
Runner up for the Non Profits was the Pawhuska Round Up Club, while First Baptist South took third prize.
Parade winners were announced Monday by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce.
The theme of this year’s Festival of Light’s was “Christmas in the Osage.”
Despite freezing temperatures that caused postponement of most events around the area, the annual Pawhuska parade went on as scheduled along its normal course along Kihekah Avenue and down Main Street.
Numerous downtown businesses held day-long events Saturday and provided welcomed shelters for people watching the procession.
Several events also were held following the parade. The Constantine Theater provided a free showing of the movie “Scrooged” and the Osage Tribal Museum held a benefit auction of Christmas trees that had been decorated by area artists.
Results of the Pawhuska Christmas Parade:
1. Tolson Agency
2. Historic Whiting Bed and Bath
3. Sister’s Attic
1. Blue and Gold 4-H, PHS Band (tie)
2. Pawhuska Round Up Club
3. First Baptist South