CARPENDALE - For the first time in the history of Carpendale, residents came together for a Christmas caroling parade prior to the holidays.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE - For the first time in the history of Carpendale, residents came together for a Christmas caroling parade prior to the holidays.
Approximately 80 carolers were escorted by 18 horses from AK Equine of Spring Gap along with Santa and his elves Olivia Gill, Jordyn Rowland and Trevor Witt.
Delaney Mickey, accompanied by her mother Janet, was the grand marshal for the celebration and residents were greeted by mayor Casey Lambert.
“It was a cold day but a fun filled day by all the carolers, children and the residents who came out to watch the two hour extravaganza, “said Vicki Hamilton, who helped organize the event.
“Thank you to Rob Adams of Adams Family Funeral Home for loaning us the hay wagon, AK Equine of Spring Gap for joining us and Brent N. Hamilton for driving the truck while “Santa” was busy walking the neighborhood and spreading cheer to the town,” she added.  
Officers with the Ridgeley Police Department escorted the parade providing safe passage for the carolers and the horses. Chief Jake Ryan and Officer Edward Pfaff were in the Christmas spirit as their cruisers featured antlers and red noses.
As a special treat to conclude the day, participants were treated to snacks as Holy Cross United Methodist Church and Pastor Brent Wiles supplied 150 hot dogs, 50 dozen cookies and hot chocolate for participants.
Volunteers are already planning a spring Easter celebration for the town.