Trophies were presented today at the Steubenville Visitor Center to the winners from the Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic 2017 Parade.
There were three categories this year: Floats, Non-Floats and Grand Prize for the best overall Nutcracker Theme. The winners were: 1st Prize Float – Boy Scouts of America- Ohio River Council; 2nd Place Float – Franciscan University; a tie for 3rd Place Float – Grand Theater and Legal Hair & Day Spa; 1st Prize Non-Float – M & M True Value Hardware; 2nd Place Non Float – Nick’s Auto Sales and Towing; and 3rd Place Non Float – Vapor Jet. The Grand Prize award, which is a free sponsorship of a Nutcracker at the 2018 Nutcracker Village went to Historic Fort Steuben, for the entry depicting both Fort life and Nutcrackers.
Judges this year were retired judge John Mascio, Sr., retired Jefferson County commissioner, Richard Delatore and Judge Joe Corabi.
Also, the winner of the “Name the Singing Nutcracker” contest was announced. Among the many entries that were received was a slip of paper with a photo of a cute young boy named Sebastian, explaining that he was autistic and , like the Nutcracker, he was different but no less loveable. All those charged with selecting a name from the many entries were moved by this and agreed it was the perfect message in keeping with the Christmas spirit. So the “Singing Nutcracker” now has the name of ‘Sebastian, the Singing Autistic Nutcracker’. A 2017 souvenir collectible Nutcracker was awarded to Sebastian at the Visitor Center today. Sebastian is the son of David and Michelle Ross of Steubenville.
Thanks to all those who participated in this year’s parade. Your efforts and enthusiasm make it not only a big success but a lot of fun! The parade has been growing and getting better each year. The 2017 parade was great and everyone is already looking forward to the 2018 parade. The date for the 2018 parade will be Saturday, December 8th. Start planning now!