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When Santa and Mrs. Claus rolled down Fifth Avenue Wednesday evening as Antigo celebrated the unofficial start of the Christmas season they have had thoughts of waning popularity.

But that was hardly the case.

The beloved couple was the final entry in the parade, part of Antigo’s big day of Yule events, including a chili cook-off. But unfortunately, by the time the dozens of units had covered the route, the dreadfully weather conditions had taken a toll.

The National Weather Service said the temperature in Antigo at 5:15 p.m., about the time the crowds were swelling, was at 13 degrees and the wind chill was three degrees below zero. As the chili was being tasted the air shifted a bit up to 14 degrees, but the chills remained at zero or below as the parade started and the winds whittled at the huge crowd as the floats and entries rolled past.

But those who braved the conditions—or dressed for the weather—were amply rewarded with dozens of brightly colored floats, festive music, Brandt’s team of big Percherons, and, of course, Santa.

Once again it was a great event, Deena Grabowsky, executive director of the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, organizer of the day of activities, said. ‘It’s awesome to see so many people come out on such a cold night to sample chili and watch the parade.

The day started early with 45 chili entries simmering along the avenue, many with their chefs cozily situated in heated, fully-enclosed and often festively-decorated booths.

The chili went quickly, with serving at 5:30 p.m., but not before the chamber judged got some samples for judging. Winners were:

—Roughneck: Hydraight, first; City Gas, second; Big Love Bully, third.

—Traditional: Baginski Enterprises, first; Waukesha Bearings, second; city of Antigo, third.

—Best decorated booths: Neve’s Flooring, first; Waukesha Bearings, second; Fantastic Sam’s, third.

After the sampling was done, action shifted to yesterday’s sign park for caroling with Of Chorus! and the lighting of the community Christmas tree by Mayor Bill Brandt, his wife, Julie, and Rotary foreign exchange student Emeline Palenciano Widart, who is from France.

At 6:30 p.m. the parade entries began rolling down Fifth Avenue, led by veterans riding on a Northwoods Tractor Club float and the Antigo High School marching band, who marched but did not play due to the weather conditions. Instead, taped music blared from the band’s equipment van. The musicians did perform afterwards in the fire house.

The floats did not disappoint.

The time and creativity that were put into creating the most beautiful floats made the parade an absolutely spectacular event, Grabowsky said.

Theme was Christmas Future. Judging was difficult but winners were selected. They were:

—Clubs/organizations: Deerbrook Eager Beavers, featuring a railroad engine and train riding tracks into the future, first; Tree Toppers 4-H with a flying car, second; and Northwoods Tractor Club and the veterans, third.

—Businesses: Lakeside Market, Santa’s workshop, first; Volm Companies, a spectacular entry featuring reindeer enjoying retirement in the hot tub after Santa turns to a rocket-propelled sleigh, second; and CoVantage Credit Union’s giant ornaments, third.
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Santa and Mrs. Claus waved from their giant float as the parade ended in Antigo Wednesday evening.

On a chilly night, Yule season welcomed
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When Santa and Mrs. Claus rolled down Fifth Avenue Wednesday evening as Antigo celebrated the unofficial start of the Christmas season they have had thoughts of waning popularity.

But that was hardly the case.

The beloved couple was the final entry in the parade, part of Antigo’s big day of Yule events, including a chili cook-off. But unfortunately, by the time the dozens of units had covered the route, the dreadfully weather conditions had taken a toll.

The National Weather Service said the temperature in Antigo at 5:15 p.m., about the time the crowds were swelling, was at 13 degrees and the wind chill was three degrees below zero. As the chili was being tasted the air shifted a bit up to 14 degrees, but the chills remained at zero or below as the parade started and the winds whittled at the huge crowd as the floats and entries rolled past.

But those who braved the conditions—or dressed for the weather—were amply rewarded with dozens of brightly colored floats, festive music, Brandt’s team of big Percherons, and, of course, Santa.

Once again it was a great event, Deena Grabowsky, executive director of the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, organizer of the day of activities, said. ‘It’s awesome to see so many people come out on such a cold night to sample chili and watch the parade.

The day started early with 45 chili entries simmering along the avenue, many with their chefs cozily situated in heated, fully-enclosed and often festively-decorated booths.

The chili went quickly, with serving at 5:30 p.m., but not before the chamber judged got some samples for judging. Winners were:

—Roughneck: Hydraight, first; City Gas, second; Big Love Bully, third.

—Traditional: Baginski Enterprises, first; Waukesha Bearings, second; city of Antigo, third.

—Best decorated booths: Neve’s Flooring, first; Waukesha Bearings, second; Fantastic Sam’s, third.

After the sampling was done, action shifted to yesterday’s sign park for caroling with Of Chorus! and the lighting of the community Christmas tree by Mayor Bill Brandt, his wife, Julie, and Rotary foreign exchange student Emeline Palenciano Widart, who is from France.

At 6:30 p.m. the parade entries began rolling down Fifth Avenue, led by veterans riding on a Northwoods Tractor Club float and the Antigo High School marching band, who marched but did not play due to the weather conditions. Instead, taped music blared from the band’s equipment van. The musicians did perform afterwards in the fire house.

The floats did not disappoint.

The time and creativity that were put into creating the most beautiful floats made the parade an absolutely spectacular event, Grabowsky said.

Theme was Christmas Future. Judging was difficult but winners were selected. They were:

—Clubs/organizations: Deerbrook Eager Beavers, featuring a railroad engine and train riding tracks into the future, first; Tree Toppers 4-H with a flying car, second; and Northwoods Tractor Club and the veterans, third.

—Businesses: Lakeside Market, Santa’s workshop, first; Volm Companies, a spectacular entry featuring reindeer enjoying retirement in the hot tub after Santa turns to a rocket-propelled sleigh, second; and CoVantage Credit Union’s giant ornaments, third.
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Santa and Mrs. Claus waved from their giant float as the parade ended in Antigo Wednesday evening.
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