Following the Town of Iron Gate’s Christmas Parade on Sat., Dec. 10, Chris Fisher awarded trophies at the Iron Gate Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Community Center where Santa and Willy Wonka greeted children.
Timmy Vess, a 40-year volunteer of the Iron Gate Volunteer Fire Department, revealed that Josh Andrew had finished building a trophy case just in time for the parade day event.
Vess said, “Josh had to build the trophy case inside because it is too big to get through the door.”
Fire Chief Casey Dudley noted, “It was a goal when we built the building (to have a trophy case built), and we are glad that it was finished in time to display our trophies.”
“We often rent the center, and the trophy case will enable the public to view the trophies that represent our accomplishments,” he concluded.
Vess pointed out that the trophy case is made of oak and that the trophies being displayed are ones won in parades and firefighting convention competitions.
The trophy case is equipped with led lights for displaying the trophies in the dark, and it holds the latest trophy that the Iron Gate Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad won for “Best Public Vehicle” in the Clifton Forge Christmas Parade, Fri., Dec. 2.
A large gathering assembled in the community center following the Town of Iron Gate’s Christmas Parade to wait for the announcement of parade winners and the handing out of trophies.
David Hipes, who portrayed Santa during the parade; and Jerry Belcher, who dressed as Willy Wonka and threw candy from the float that he and Santa rode during the parade; were on hand to greet the children while the judging was taking place.