Community Interest

Large Turn-Out for Defiance Christmas Festival/Parade

There was a large turn-out for the Defiance Christmas Festival Parade on Dec. 5th. The weather was great and there were lots of parade entries.

The Grand Marshall was Defiance native, John Lacey, and special recognition was paid this year to all front line workers and first responders.

The following prizes were awarded in the parade:

Best Float – Defiance Ridge Vineyards; Best pre-1960s vehicle – 1948 Ford Car Hauler built and owned by Bruce Becker and Ron Merk; Best post-1960s car – 1971 Chevy Chevelle owned by Dan Nolfo; Best ATV – owned by Kelly Schlake. The most liked pet on Facebook was won by a dog named Tilly, owned by Craig Gnade.  The Best Dog was Ceasar, a great pyrenees owned by the Kopmann family. The Best Dog Owner Ensemble went to "Daisy" owned by the Graves family. The Best Horse owner ensemble award went to a couple of “Rein-goats” and their owners; and the Best Horse award was shared by a group of four friends who just decided to bring their horses and ride them in the parade. (Sorry, no names available.)

Earlier in the day, awards for the Dashing through Defiance 5K were earned by Alex Egbert, 1st place male under age 26; George Price, 1st place male 26+; Megan Tersteeg, 1st place female under age 26; and Miranda Duran, 1st place female 26+.

Other highlights of the day included entertainment at the “S” curve by the Scott and Karl Duo, pictures with Santa for the little ones, a vendor fair, and more.

The Defiance Merchants Association thanks everyone who participated in any way. It was a great event to kick off the holiday season!

1. Best Float Defiance Ridge web IMG_3550.jpgBest Float – Defiance Ridge Vineyards.


2. best pre-1960 car hauler Ron merk and Bruce becke web IMG_3432.jpg
Best pre-1960s vehicle – 1948 Ford Car Hauler built and owned
by Bruce Becker and Ron Merk.


3. best car post 1960 Dan Nolfo web 3468.jpg
Best post-1960s car – 1971 Chevy Chevelle owned by Dan Nolfo.


4. best ATV web  IMG_3496.jpg
Best ATV – by Kelly Schlake.


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Best dog – Ceasar, with Katie and Sara Kopmann.


6. BEST DOG OWNER ENSEMBLE  MY PHOTOweb IMG_3360.jpg
Best Dog/Owner Ensemble – Daisy with
(L-R) Laurie Kornfeld, Megan Graves, Andrew Meyer & Karen Graves.


7. best Social Media pet web C gnade IMG_1734.jpg
Most "Liked" dog on Facebook – Tilly, with her owner Craig Gnade.


8. horse owner ensemble cropped web IMG_1337.jpg
Best Horse/Owner Ensemble - "Rein-goats".


9. Grand Marshall John Lacy web IMG_3369.jpg
Grand Marshal John Lacey of Defiance.


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U.S. Marine Color Guard, St. Charles County Det. 725


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Dashing Through Defiance 5k Winners, Male: (L-R) Alex Egbert and George Price.


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Dashing Through Defiance 5k Winners, Female:
(L-R) Miranda Duran and Megan Tersteeg.

Photos of the "Most Liked" Dog on Facebook, Best Horse/Owner Ensemble,
and the Dashing Through Defiance winners courtesy of
Olivia Biele/Defiance Merchants Association.