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‘Eagle Dynasty’ takes top prize in annual parade

MILANO NEWS
By KAY LAGRONE
Reporter correspondent


Members of Milano Elementary School’s first and second grade classes put their own spin on the Duck Dynasty phenomenon with ‘Santa’s Eagle Dynasty’ float during the annual Milano Christmas parade on Saturday. The group was named ‘best overall’ entry in the parade. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Members of Milano Elementary School’s first and second grade classes put their own spin on the Duck Dynasty phenomenon with ‘Santa’s Eagle Dynasty’ float during the annual Milano Christmas parade on Saturday. The group was named ‘best overall’ entry in the parade. Reporter/Marie Bakken Organizers say that this year’s Milano Christmas parade and meal was the biggest and best yet. Milano elementary students took several of the top prizes and we were so happy they were involved.

This year’s parade had several new entries and some of the favorites, including a visit from Santa Claus himself. The top three winners from each category were given plaques and cash prizes. Winners were:

Best overall—“Santa’s Eagle Dynasty,” Milano Elementary first and second grades.

Horses/ wagons—1. Megan Pendergrass; 2. Christian Thurmam; 3. Kayli Yakesch.


Top right, Santa Claus made his yearly visit to the Milano parade. Top right, Santa Claus made his yearly visit to the Milano parade. Floats— 1. “ K indergar ten Wonderland,” Milano Elementary Kindergarten classes; 2. Milam County Sheriff’s Department Brown Santa Program; 3. “Unwrap the Magic this Christmas,” Milano Elementary third, fourth and fifth grades.

Vehicles/tractors/ bicycles/ walkers—1. Burleson County Cowboy Church; 2. Milano Junior High cheerleaders; 3. Milano High School Golden Eagle Dance Team.

Small animals—1. McKenzee Pendergrass and Goober (dog).

Smal l motor ized/ bat ter y operated—1. Shiner and Jayci Thurman; 2. Emma, Hannah and Nate Batten; James Blackmon.

Milano mayor Billy Barnett said that the school classes made “beautiful floats and made our parade a real pleasure.” Appreciation was also given to everyone who braved the cold weather on Saturday morning to participate in the day’s activities.


Bottom right, Milano Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Travis Yoakum was the chauffeur for Maggie Davenport, MVFD Miss Flame, during the parade. Bottom right, Milano Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Travis Yoakum was the chauffeur for Maggie Davenport, MVFD Miss Flame, during the parade. It is estimated that 250 people enjoyed the free Christmas meal of turkey, dressing, sides, dessert and tea provided by the City of Milano at the Milano Civic Center, following the parade. Children also got to visit with Santa after the parade at the civic center and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

Outdoor Christmas decorations in Milano were judged on Saturday. I hope to have those results in next week’s column.

Milano Elementary School’s annual Christmas program was held Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the MHS cafetorium.

Milano students will get out for the Christmas holidays on Dec. 20. Classes will resume on Jan. 7. Yearbooks for 2014 are now on sale. This year’s theme is “#Life@Milano.” The cost is $25, but will be increasing in January. Order online today at www.balfour.com.

Members of the Milano Volunteer Fire Department have begun their annual fund-raiser. Tickets can be purchased from any MVFD member. They are one for $5 or six for $25.

Prizes include: Henry Golden Boy 22 caliber mag., two Taurus Public Defender .45- 410, Henry Golden Boy 22 caliber long rifle, Remington 700 .270, Marlin 336w 30-30, Remington 870 shotgun, H and R Pardner shotgun, Mossberg 817 17 MHR, $100 Academy gift card.

Drawings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. All prizes received in gift cards. Winners pay sales tax and need not be present to win.


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