Kim Andrews said she was expecting a few floats over a dozen for the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights, so she was elated when 24 different floats left the starting point in front of the Tucumcari High School Gymnasium Saturday evening with all lights shining. “It was fantastic,” said Andrews, the chamber of commerce assistant director about the two dozen different entrants which snaked through the west side of Tucumcari Saturday evening. “A number of them showed up at the last minute. That was just great.”
There were three different divisions in the parade competition that the different entrants were competing within: Recreational, Religious and the Christmas general division.
Winning the recreational division was All-Rite Towing. Winning the Christmas general division was Herman Lopez and winning the religious division was the Logan United Methodist Church. Andrews said one of the most impressive floats taking part in the parade was the entry from All-Rite Towing which was a snake-like collection of 12 individually lit jeeps linked by tow bars. “I saw it during the Route 66 parade and it was nice,” said Andrews, but it was way cooler with all the lights on it.”
Linda Unruh, the owner of All-Rite Towing said it was more than just a float to the people involved with the Christmas-lit train of jeeps. “It was in memory of Merle Biddix who used to be the foreman here (All-Rite Towing) and died recently,” said Unruh. “He loved jeeps and a bunch of his friends who owned them got together and we came up with this. It was a salute to him.”
Unruh said that the friends and associates of Biddix worked for two-and-a-half days getting the collection situated sufficiently so it would be ready for the parade. She said each jeep owner was responsible for the lighting of their individual jeeps. “Some had reindeer or snowmen or seasons greetings on them,” said Unruh. “They were all different.” Andrews pointed out the parade keeps growing every year and she is looking forward to gaining a positive reputation that will draw people from all around to take part in and watch the holiday event.
Placing second in the recreational division was Mountain View Bowl. Placing second in the Religious division was Emanuel Baptist Church and placing second in the Christmas general division was the Quay County 4-H.