Reverse Parade Gets Christmas Going In Right Direction


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Hillsboro, and just in time for a visit from the big man himself.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Imagine Hillsboro volunteers planned a reverse lighted parade in order to keep participants and onlookers safe. 

Nearly a dozen entries parked lighted floats around the Courthouse Square on Saturday evening, Dec. 5, and cars drove around the site for nearly two hours, allowing merry onlookers to check out the festive display.

Prior to the start of the parade, Interim Hillsboro Mayor Katie Duncan officially lit the large Christmas tree in front of the Historic Courthouse.

Imagine Hillsboro awarded two top prizes for best float and best car, and each received $50 in Chamber Bucks. Winning first place in the floats division was the Winter Wonderland float created by the Carlinville royalty, including Queen Braylee Gilmore, Junior Miss Clara Boyett and Little Miss Amelia Jaeger.

First place in cars went to Little Miss Nokomis Christina Yeske and her Frosty the Snowman display.

Other participants included Fred Roach as Santa, Chris Sherer as Buddy the Elf, Don Downs as The Grinch, Becky Moler-Billo as Frosty the Snowman, Edward Applegate as Olaf, the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department, Lucas Voyles and Glenn and Archer O’Dell, Shag’s Vintage, Doug Fenton, Junior Miss Witt Summer Spencer and Little Miss Witt Kaelin Cress, Gary Hanover, Miss Montgomery County Fair Queen Brielle Marten and Little Miss Montgomery County Fair Tilly Fergurson, Miss Mt. Olive Johnna Barrett and Junior Miss Mt. Olive Haylie Holt, the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce royalty (Miss Alia Stewart, Junior Miss Kendall Stewart, Little Miss Olivia Rogers and Little Mister Emrik Witt), Miss United States Agriculture Illinois Teen Elaan Bader and the Old Settlers Association, including Queen Caitlyn Howard and Junior Miss Lucy Moxey.

Earlier in the day, Imagine Hillsboro and Country Financial - Greg Holcomb sponsored three showings of the holiday classic, Prancer, at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Hillsboro.

Imagine Hillsboro is sponsoring two more Friday Night Lights and Saturdays on the Square shopping days with local businesses in Hillsboro. 

Next Saturday, Dec. 12, they will host a socially-distanced “Cookies with Santa,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to take socially-distanced photos of their children with Santa, and each child will go home with a bag of cookies from Sweet Addictions. The committee asks all participants to wear masks and be respectful not to crowd the Santa area.


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