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Dave Spencer’s Christmas Parade Connection Has Evolved

The WBKR crew prepares for the 1999 Owensboro Christmas Parade. (Photo by Dave Spencer)

I was thinking about the upcoming 75th Annual Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade, and it occurred to me how my involvement with the parade as evolved over the years. As a kid, we’d load up and go downtown, sit on the concrete wall across from Anderson’s Department Store (now the museum) and get ready for a big day. Back then, the parades were held in the morning so that everyone could then go shopping downtown. So it was a particular thrill for me when I was 10 years old to actually get to BE in the parade. Our church had a float and we all got in on the act. My part? I was one of four kids–my sister included–who performed a puppet show for the entire length of the parade.

It's the museum now, but back in the day it was Anderson's Department Store. The concrete wall around its parking lot was where my family watched many a parade. (Photo by Dave Spencer)

My arm was numb and stiff by the end of the thing, but it was still a blast. Then, later, after years of returning as a spectator, I was once again participating–this time with WBKR. And for years, that’s why I never actually SAW the parade–just the floats¬†or entries who were around us. And now, for the last four, maybe five years, Chad Benefield and I have been calling the action for Time Warner Cable Channel 8. And that is always a blast. Hey, I’m a parade spectator again–with a ringside seat.¬† I guess it never occurred to me that my relationship with the parade as actually evolved. And now, it occurs to me that it’s come full circle.

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