Stasney and Huber named junior grand marshals

Anastasia Stasney and Ethan Huber were named the grand marshals for the 2013 Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. (Wade Young Photo)

They both love SpongeBob SquarePants, snowmobiles, building igloos, and are in the second grade at TCU Elementary School. After that the similarities end. She’s more of a corn dog type of girl, and he prefers pizza.  She likes playing baby dolls and teaching, and he likes to play soccer and air soft wars. However, the two will share one common event on Thursday, Dec. 5, as this year’s Junior Grand Marshals for the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks.
Anastasia (Ana) Stasney, daughter of Dean and Cathy Stasney, and Ethan Huber, son of Missy Huber and Troy Huber, will lead the popular winter parade, starting at 6:30 p.m. The two were chosen in a random drawing on Thursday, Nov. 21, from a bowl of entries from people who nominated them after purchasing this year’s  commemorative button that was designed by Charlotte Houn. The three honorees for this year’s winter parade will ride on a special float, made just for them.
Jake Keohen Jr., who serves on the Torchlight Committee, and who also works for RES Speciality Pyrotechnics, said this year’s fireworks are going to be as spectacular as in previous years.
“Fireworks will be choreographed to Christmas music and will follow parade at approximately 7:30 pm  at the north end of Main Street,” he said. “The fireworks show will be bigger and better than ever.”
Parade add-ons
In addition to more than 40 expected entries in the parade, Keohen added that there will be carolers strolling First Street prior to the parade.
Also, Tom Goetzinger of TRG Productions will be emceeing the parade near Frandsen Bank and Trust. 
Keohen said there is still time to enter the parade that will award prizes for the three best parade units. If you’d like to get a unit in the parade contact Anita at Classic Creations, 507-364-7670. Winning units receive  $200, $150 and $100.
Paying for the event
The Torchlight Parade and Fireworks doesn’t happen on its own. Sponsorship funds are being used for the cost of the fireworks and other expenses related to the parade, the costs related to the grand marshal float and a float in the summer’s Kolacky Parade, prizes for the residential and business lighting contest in Montgomery. The residential prizes  are $200, $150 and $100. The business prizes are $200 and $150.
Other costs include the $100 Monty Buck prize for the Medallion Hunt winner and advertising that recognizes the sponsors.
Keohen said the event had overwhelming sponsorship support again this year. He also reminded people they can still sponsor the event by calling Neaner Kriha at the White Front Saloon at 507-364-9393.