Waterbrooks wins Wylie Christmas Parade Trophy for 2nd year!

Waterbrook Bible Fellowship took top honors in the Wylie Festival of Lights Parade for the second year in a row during the annual downtown event on Saturday, December 4th. The “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” float was supported by a 50’s theme that included a drive-in movie (showing “It’s A Wonderful Life in Wylie”), and a 50’s diner complete with oversized jukebox and dancing Christmas tree. Here’s the video excerpt from the Wylie 2010 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade…

Someone asked me after the parade if we buy a “float kit” to create such amazing floats. Are you kidding? This is the brainchild of two ladies – Kathy Hume and Noelle Massey. They began the idea for this float the day after the 2009 parade. They spent the entire years thinking up ideas, and by the first of November we into float construction. They have a crew of church volunteers who do all the woodwork, electrical wiring, costuming, music, etc. It’s just a phenomenal effort; and they really deserve the first place trophy! I’m impressed at how amazing these last two floats have turned out and am glad they’ve been so celebrated by our community.  (And, yes, Kathy and Noelle have already started working on the concept of next year’s float. I’m not allowed to give anything away, you’l just have to wait about 12 months.)

The major humiliation for this year’s event fell of my shoulders. The float pulled onto Ballard Street and came to a stop in front of the grandstand area. The music began playing from the speakers (mounted inside the jukebox – which was directly behind Deana & myself on the float). I heard them announce Waterbrook had won for the second year in a row. I’m celebrating and clapping and smiling and waving. Pastor Kris Segrest (FBC Wylie) walked in the middle of the street and up to the float while announcing our victory. He and parade co-host, Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue, mentioned talking to me. Kris walks up to the float where I’m sitting and hands me the trophy, then asks if I have anything to say…  I know this because I’ve seen it on the video tape after the fact. However, what I experienced is – LOUD music, “Waterbrook first place!”, CHEERING, LOUD music, “Jeff Denton blah blah blah” – and then Kris hands me the trophy and a wireless microphone. I didn’t hear the lead up or question. I had no idea what had just been said to me. So, I said two words that have gotten me endless ribbing ever since, “Thank you!” No “Merry Christmas!” Not “Come visit us at Waterbrook, soon to open across from the library at 507 Thomas Street!” Not even a “Go Wylie Pirates!” Just…”Thank You!”

Kris gave me the crinkled brow of a fellow pastor that let me know I had even stumped him. Church people are shocked that Jeff, who ALWAYS has plenty to say, let the occasion go with a “Thank you!” So, I’d like to say, “Merry Christmas, and thank you to the Downtown Business Association and Wylie First Baptist Church for this honor. I accept this trophy on behalf of our entire Waterbrook Bible Fellowship family – some of the finest people you’ll ever meet in all of Texas! We’d love to have you worship with us on a Sunday morning at Dodd Elementary School sometime this Christmas season. And keep checking on the progress of our new building at 507 Thomas Street, at the entrance of Community Park and across from the current library building. Get ready to join us for our Grand Opening Sunday, just a few short weeks away! Make your momma proud and go with her to church this Christmas season to celebrate the birth of Christ. And God Bless America!”

Now you know what I would have said if I knew what was going on.

On a side family note. Amelia was the dancing Christmas tree on the float that we were all “Rockin’ Around”. It was a big heavy costume, and she did a great job! JJ was in the truck watching the “Drive In movie”. My lovely wife was at a table with me in the 50’s diner wearing her “W” poodle skirt. I was just being me. Here are some additional pictures.

Helping Amelia get into the tree costume before the float judging.

View of the back of the float. There’s so much detail that goes into this. The carhop legs kicked during the parade.

Helping Amelia put the top of the tree. Kathy Hume (in blue coat) and Noelle Massey are the masterminds behind our award winning floats.

Deana and I at our table on the float, with our amazing waitress – Kaitlin McCune.

Amelia (in the tree costume) with the carhops.

Great group of kids watching the movie in the back of the truck. JJ is the punk in the denim jacket.

It was a great looking float, made even better by the choreographed dancers who walked along with us.

At the end of the parade we took a cast picture. What a fantastic group of actors, dancers, and technicians!

Posted: December 24, 2010 
Filed under: Amelia, Deana, Denton Family, Jeff, JJ, Pastor Jeff, Pictures, Waterbrook Bible Fellowship
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