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.
First: Rude Logging, $200
Second: Iron Triangle, Ron Taynton, $100
Third: Iron Triangle, Jerry Butler, $50
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
First: Grant County Search & Rescue, $200
Second: John Day Fire Department, $100
Third: Living Word Christian Center, $50
First: Living Word Christian Center, $100
Second: Rude Logging, $50
Rude Logging, Ruger camo rifle
Steve Kowing and Bill Combs