Centralia Halloween Parade Organizer Pleased with 91st Annual Parade

The person in charge of the yearly lineup of the 91st Centralia Halloween Parade is pleased with the event.

Butch Mathis made the assessment after the trophies were distributed to the winning float builders and bands on Saturday night.

"Tip of the hat to everyone that braved the cold elements that we had today. The creativity that all the float builders had, the costumes with the children's parade today. It was super fantastic and again tip of the hat to everybody."

The top float winners this year were the Monken Automotive Group who won the coveted Harley Queen Trophy with their float 'Old McMonken Had a Farm' and the Mayz Funeral Home who won the grand marshall's trophy with their entry 'Nothing but a Hound Dog'.

The Grand Marshall of this Year's Parade Fay Vaccaro was appreciative of the honor. She told those at a reception before the parade.

"I hope that all of the small contributions that I have made over the past 62 years that I have lived in Centralia....my home. That I have made a difference in the lives of young people helping them grow through sportsmanship, confidence and grace. I have truly enjoyed working side by side with the great people of Centralia and so very proud to call Centralia my home."

Vaccaro is credited with beginning the girl's softball program in the Centralia Recreation Department while working as long time Recreation Director Howard Cooksey assistant. She later went on to work part-time at the Centralia Chamber of Commerce and assisted with the yearly Balloon Fest.

The Fall Festival Committee also honored Natalie Ann Poninski, the Willow Grove Grade School student who came up with the parade theme 'Animals Bring Happiness'. Poninski is now in charge of the design on the pumpkins that will be displayed on light poles throughout the city next year.