This jolly elf was positioned atop JDS Technologies' float in the annual Scott County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade in Oneida Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. JDS won "judge's choice" with its elaborate display. (Independent Herald photo/Melanie Garrett)
This jolly elf was positioned atop JDS Technologies' float in the annual Scott County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade in Oneida Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. JDS won "judge's choice" with its elaborate display. (Independent Herald photo/Melanie Garrett)

 

After the 2012 Scott County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, JDS Technologies, Inc., founder and owner Jerry Slaven vowed that his company’s float would take home a blue ribbon in 2013.

On Saturday, Slaven’s word proved true, as JDS took home judge’s choice in the Chamber of Commerce’s 65th annual Christmas parade.

With an elaborate float that included realistic effects right down to smoke coming from the chimney of the cabin above the “North Pole” themed float, JDS was able to edge out Great Day In The Morning for top honors.

Great Day, a local bluegrass band, took first place in the traditional category with its own elaborate float that included a cabin and outhouse, with band members sitting on rocking chairs and playing tunes. The fine details included live chickens and even a live goat.

Other first place winners included Children’s Center of the Cumberlands in the special category and Tim & Zena Owens in the religious category.
Huntsville Manor took second place in traditional, while Scott Appalachian Industries took third.

Tony Litton Presents took second in the special category, with First Trust & Savings Bank third.

Byrges Creek Baptist Church took second in the religious category, with Salem Baptist Church placing third.

Dozens of entries took part in the parade, ranging from floats to marching bands and from pageant winners to Disney characters.

A large crowd lined the streets along Industrial Lane and Alberta Street, braving the weather — a stiff north breeze made the temperature in the lower 30s seem even colder — to take in the parade.

Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacey Kidd called the parade a great success.

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