families take part in horse-drawn carriage parade
Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer
I thought this is the coolest thing! exclaimed
David Sams of Sunman, when he and his family first attended the
Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade in Lebanon, OH, three years ago.
Its something else when you see all the Clydesdales
pulling the carriages, said wife Amy. The following year,
David and Amy with their son Dustin, returned to participate in
the parade. Ten-year-old Rascal, their miniature pony, pulls the
decorated and lighted wagon along the parade route past thousands
of spectators. The Sams wagon was manufactured in Osgood nearly
40 years ago by the Comer Wagon Works.
John Landers, also of Sunman, has participated in the parade since
1993. His Clydesdale, Rocket, pulls a buggy made in Cincinnati in
the 1880s by the Anchor Carriage Company. Rocket stands taller
than the buggy, according to Landers. I just like to take
it out and show it to the people, said Landers.
More than 100 authentic antique carriages are pulled by all types
of horses, from miniatures to Clydesdales, along 11 blocks in downtown
Lebanon. The carriages and horses are decorated for the holiday,
with some of the drivers wearing period clothing.
According to the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, more than 80,000 attend
the parade each year. The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. and again at
7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. Spectators hold lit candles during
the second parade, casting a holiday glow. Strolling musicians and
entertainers, as well as shopping at the specialty shops and craft
booths, add to the fun.
The Historic Lebanon Horse-drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival
is held each year the first Saturday in December. I love the
parade, said Dustin Sams. I dont want to miss
Lebanon is located in Warren County, Ohio. For more information,
contact the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce at 513-932-1100 or visit
their website at www.lebanonchamber.org.
BETH RUMSEY PHOTOS
ABOVE: Pictured with Rascal, their miniature
pony. David and son, Dustin Sams, along with Tom Klump,
who is a walker, gets the harness ready for the big parade
in which they will participate this weekend. BELOW: John
Landers is proud of his antique buggy made by the Anchor
Wagon Co. in Cincinnati, OH. He uses his Clydesdale, Rocket,
to pull it in the horse-drawn carriage parade in Lebanon,
OH, that will take place this weekend. Both families are
from the Sunman area.