BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Chief Elf, his helpers, several political officials and a colorful mix of individuals and churches from the western side of Greene County joined Sunday's annual Mohawk Parade.
Dozens of families lined the road along the parade route, which traveled from Porter Kite Road, down Phillipi Road and ended just past the Mohawk Post Office.
At least 50 different groups entered the parade, which lasted for about 45 minutes.
It was the first year that Pam Gaddis, of Bulls Gap, had attended.
"It looks like it's plenty of good people," she said, surveying the crowd before the parade began.
Gaddis kept an excited eye on the road so as not to miss her daughter in the West Greene High School Marching Band
She said she came more than an hour before the parade's 2 p.m. scheduled start and had seen a number of people unable to find parking spaces.
By the end of the parade, children left with bags full of candy and even footballs and stuffed animals.
Those without bags stuffed their pockets with mints, suckers and chocolates until they overflowed. Many fathers had the task of darting into the road between floats to collect pieces of candy that had landed out of safe reach of little hands.
"I think everybody had a really good time!" said parade organizer Carolyn Beach. "It seemed like this year, everything just went so easy."
She said that she was impressed and "tickled" with the turnout, especially in light of the freezing temperatures.
"Right before the parade, I saw a few snowflakes," she said.
Beach said that the following floats won cash prizes:
* First Place: Shaw's Farm
* Second Place: McDonald Elementary School cheerleading and girls basketball teams
* Third Place: Pizza Plus