By Mila Besich-Lira
Each year the Superior Optimist Club hosts the annual Miracle on Main St. Light parade this year the club recognized John, Richard and Joe Tameron and their wives as the Spirit of Optimism Community Champion.
The club selects people in the community who contribute to the community and emulate the spirit of optimism.
“John, Richard and Joe along with their wives Bharthie, Rosie and Vera are always volunteering and providing support to the community. We are pleased to recognize them for their contributions to the community,” explained Optimist President JoAnn Besich.
The Tameron family and their grandchildren were the grand marshals in this year’s parade, the Town of Superior also recognized them with an official Town Proclamation in November.
The festivities began with the Baile Folklorico Alma de Superior performing. Those in attendance were also able to provide entertainment with an open mic, Master of Ceremonies and DJ for the evening Roy Chavez played music and the crowd danced to their favorite line dances including “The Electric Slide” and “The Cha Cha Slide”.
There were lots of treats and goodies to purchase, the Superior Little League sold out of their hamburgers well before the event ended and the high school groups all had items to sell. Gabby Kipp reported via Facebook that the Freshman Class of 2016 raised over $200 selling baked goods.
The Optimist Club had a basket raffle with baskets which were donated and were able to raise $300 at the event. Mayor Valenzuela and his family provided free hot chocolate and candy canes to the crowd. Throughout the day there was a best cookie contest and a youth art competition.
One of the newest activities added to the day was a Best Cookie Competition. In total there were eight entries and four categories. Nancy Vogler won First place in the Best Decorated, Oatmeal and Miscellaneous cookies. Irene Hanson won second place in the Oatmeal competition and Marie Aboud won first place in the chocolate chip cookie category.
Emma Crossley won second place in the miscellaneous category for her red velvet cookies and Tony Acosta won third place in the miscellaneous category. First place winners were awarded a $25 gift card and the other places were awarded with cookie sheets and spatulas.
The parade had seven entries and all the floats had plenty of lights. The winners of the parade were first place- Tameron Ice, second place-Edwardos Pizza and third place went to Baile Folklorico Alma de Superior.
The winners of the youth art competition were Aliana Lopez, Sivanna Lopez and Vicente Arriola. Each of these students was given art sets.
Following the parade Santa met with all of the boys and girls who stood patiently in line, some were lined up an hour before the parade, to tell him their Christmas wishes. Each child was given a goody bag that were stuffed in advance by members of the FCCLA group and Superior Senior Center. The treats were provided through financial sponsors for the event.
This year the Optimist Club met a few challenges with their event preparations due to the budget cutbacks at the Town of Superior but with some creative volunteering and partnering the event was a success for the organization.
Each year public works were able to provide more hands on assistance to the club with set up for the event and the decorating of Besich Park. This year the students from FCCLA helped with decorating and the Superior Senior Center volunteered to help stuff the bags for the event which helped to reduce the costs for the club.
Those planning the event were concerned that the news of the Resolution Copper cutbacks would dampen the spirit of the community but that was not the case.
“As always the community of Superior comes together despite bad news or tragedy and they are there to help one another. The entire Miracle on Main St. program would not have been a success without the individuals and businesses who contributed time or financial resources to the event, which is another example of what makes Superior, superior.” said Besich.
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