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Christmas parade was largest in town's history

By Sherrie Williams
Santa was escorted through Iowa Park and to Tom Burnett Memorial Library Saturday evening by the largest number of parade participants in the history of the Iowa Park Volunteer Fire Department’s Lighted Christmas Parade.
There were 60 parade entries which stretched seven blocks long through downtown.
In addition to the Iowa Park Fire Department five other fire departments, Burkburnett, Electra, Punkin Center, Wichita West, and Kamay participated in the parade.
Also, the Wichita Falls Fire and Police Museum had two trucks in the parade.
The Maskat Shrine entered three unique vehicles in the parade.
Those entered in the parade did not run short of those to admire their entries as people lined every street along the parade route.
One of the organizers, Iowa Park Volunteer Firefighter Lewis Skinner said, “I want to thank all of the firemen for helping make this happen. It could not have happened without everyone’s help. We would also like feedback to help us make improvements to the parade. We are planning now for an even larger parade next year.”
Feedback can be left on the fire departments Face Book page, according to Skinner.
There are also plans to have parade entry judging next year.
Following the parade and the lighting at Tom Burnett Memorail Library, a lighting ceremony was held at Gordon Lake for the lighting of the angels.
Proceeds from the parade and the angels benefits the Iowa Park Kidz Christmas program.