Flashing lights and honking horns filled the brisk night air in downtown John Day Dec. 8 as the 25th annual Timber Truckers Light Parade rumbled down Main Street.

Spectators braved the cold to cheer on the decorated logging trucks, Forest Service rigs, commercial vehicles and family rides. There were 35 entries this year.

D.R. Johnson is credited with initiating the parade, organizer Leslie Traylor told the Eagle. He operated Prairie Wood Products in Prairie City and Grant Western Lumber Co. in John Day at the time.

About 125 trucks were in the inaugural parade on Dec. 11, 1993, Traylor recalled. The aim was to demonstrate the importance of the timber industry in Grant County.

The D.R. Johnson Co. continues to sponsor a timber truckers parade in Douglas County. They also donated $200 for the first-place commercial prize, Traylor said.

Traylor was a John Day city councilor when the people supporting the trucker parade asked for a city representative to serve on the organizing committee. Traylor took on the job and has been the go-to person for 17 years.

At the conclusion of the parade, participants gathered in the John Day Elks Lodge for chili, hot drinks and the prize announcements.

A hat was passed and $250 was raised to assist with relief efforts following the recent devastating fire in Paradise, California.

Parade results

Timber

First: Rude Logging, $200

Second: Iron Triangle, Ron Taynton, $100

Third: Iron Triangle, Jerry Butler, $50

Commercial

First: Mike DesJardin Dentistry, $200

Second: Eastern Oregon Realty, Lindsay Madden, $100

Third: UPS, Zack DeRosier, $50

Farm and ranch

First: Broken Leg Ranch, $200

Second: Keerins Ranch, $100

Community

First: Grant County Search & Rescue, $200

Second: John Day Fire Department, $100

Third: Living Word Christian Center, $50

People’s choice

First: Living Word Christian Center, $100

Second: Rude Logging, $50

Sweepstakes

Rude Logging, Ruger camo rifle

Shotgun winners

Steve Kowing and Bill Combs

Richard Hanners is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. He can be contacted at rick@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

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