NEWFANE, December 6 – Main St. lit up Newfane Friday night as floats adorned with decorative Christmas themes put on a show for the hundreds that arrived.
Varying organizations and local businesses pulled together in producing an array of unique floats. The illuminated motorcade came bedecked with a series of festive themes, (including a lion with bongos because life is too short for rules.)
A few examples of eye-catching floats included: The Niagara County Mini-Winnies, The Barrel Band playing “Run-Run Rudolph,” a float with 4,000 lights themed from Elf The Movie, and my personal favorite, The Newfane Circuit Stoppers whose float came second to the demo droid spinning and spiraling behind. The bots name: C3F78.
The announcer, (whose son was once a member of the S.T.E.M. based organization,) proudly stated, “This is probably the most amazing thing that ever came to our high school.” Exciting news was also delivered as the Circuit-Stoppers prepare for their upcoming build beginning in early January. The announcer proclaimed, “They will design, build, and program a robot in 6 weeks that will compete at not only R.I.T., but the Polytechnic Institute in Utica New York come March of 2020.”
The Undersheriff, (and soon to be Acting Sheriff of Niagara County,) Michael Filicetti was also in attendance, supporters in tow. Filicetti is seeking to keep the Niagara County Sheriffs Position come an election in 2020. His mission statement as Sheriff was also outlined, pledging to, “Be tough on crime, work closely with other law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and individuals whose job and homes are in Niagara County. This will be in order to allow all to reap the benefits of living here.”
Tim Schultz, head of the local First Baptist Church, also attended, admiring the hard work of those coming together to celebrate the Christmas season. He stated, “For a small village like Newfane, it’s a very big event,” adding, “It’s just pretty incredible for little Newfane.”