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Why only one parade winner?

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Wow! What a Festival of Lights Parade it was on Dec. 5. It must have been the best ever parade. Wow! For some of the participants who worked several months in advance to present a special float, it must have been the biggest disappointment when the Auburn Chamber of Commerce chose to acknowledge only one of the parade participants with an award and that went to a company that probably has more money to spend on a float than most (Journal, Dec. 9). For the past three years we have worked with the judges who decided which participants were the best in the parade. That job was eliminated this year when the chamber decided to change the judging. Personally, we think it was a bad call. What happened to the chamber’s categories that have been acknowledged in the past? When we worked on the parade, there were awards for best musical entry, best volunteer group, fantasy, spirit, schools, wheels, youth, critters, best business and best display of the spirit of Christmas. The judging process wasn’t simple but it gave participants more opportunities to win acknowledgement for their efforts with those categories. The parade was still magnificent and it appeared that most of those entering had worked hard to present floats that were brighter, larger and more themed than in the past. This parade is a wonderful hometown experience for those who enter as participants and for those who happily watch. Bob and Eileen Ferber, Auburn