Superheroes, girl scouts, horses, and Santa Claus all shared the same street for the 72nd Annual Toyland Parade in Sanger. Over 2,000 people came to look at the hand-crafted floats and voted for their favorites while taking in the local food vendors and activity booths to get into the holiday spirit.
Various groups within the community worked together to come up with the most creative displays to showcase in the event. Many schools, churches, businesses, and first responders participated and left the citizens in awe with their creations. Reagan Elementary School won Best Overall Entry this year with a float containing a miniature version of the Sanger water tower.
Here were some of the other winning categories:
- Best Commercial: Entry #503 Sanger Elite & Extreme Motion Dance Studio
- Best School: Entry #209 Centerville Elementary School
- Best Civic Clubs/Organizations: Entry #210 Sanger Animal Shelter
- Best Community (Churches): Entry #607 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
- Best Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles: Entry 407 Sanger Unified Transportation
- Best Animal or Mounted Entry: Entry #305 Rancho Calderon
attended the parade by showcasing a variety of vehicles in distinct brands and models. The vintage cars really set the mood for the timeless tradition of town gatherings for the holidays.
The Sanger Chamber of Commerce hosts the Toyland Parade every year. The chamber is a collaboration of local government and community organizations that come together to make decisions for the future of Sanger. Aside from annual parades, the members host events including farmers markets, banquets, tours, and mixers.
Since the first Toyland Parade over 70 years ago, the event serves as a fun way to lead into the Annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree.
When Sanger was first founded, the mayor took a walk through Kings Canyon National Park and noticed a very large tree. As he admired its size, a little girl walked up to him and said, “What a lovely Christmas tree that would be.” She took off, her identity remaining a mystery, but her words will always be remembered during the yearly ceremony. Soon after that encounter, the tree was officially named the Nation’s Christmas Tree.