News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chrysten Crockett
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December 5, 2013

Santa to Dash Through Rock Hill on Float Built by York Tech Students

Building and Construction Trades

ROCK HILL Santa Clause will have a new set of wheels this Friday, as he and Mrs. Claus make their way through Downtown Rock Hill during the “Light the Night” ChristmasVille parade on a float that was hand crafted by York Technical College’s Building and Construction Trades students.

The construction of the Christmas float has not been just about physical labor for the Building and Construction Trades students. It has been about creating a magical experience for the Rock Hill community that will never be forgotten. Encompassing the work of the late artist and Rock Hill native Vernon Grant, who is the visionary behind Kellogg’s Rice Krispies’ “Snap! Crackle! Pop!,” was a difficult yet rewarding task for the team that put the masterpiece together.

“ The curved architecture and whimsical design was a huge challenge, but the reaction of the kids will make it all worthwhile,” Building and Construction Trades Department Chair Ed Moore said.

Building and Construction Trades first partnered with Rock Hill’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department to build Santa’s float in 2012. Mike Brumbach, Department Chair of Industrial Maintenance Technology thought this was not only an excellent learning experience for York Tech students but a great community service opportunity as well.

This year, Building and Construction Trades is switching up the float design by building upon the float created by last year's Welding students.The float now includes Santa’s Workshop featuring Christmas-inspired decorations such as candy cane light poles, snow, Christmas lights and even an illuminated York Tech logo. Students gained hands-on experience by determining all the materials they needed, ordering them, assembling the workshop and painting it, among a list of other tasks.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed this project. If you look at the pictures posted on the Building Construction Trades’ Facebook page, you will clearly see that they had a blast,” Brumbach said.

The highly anticipated parade is just one of the many events where the Rock Hill community will get to experience the old-time Christmas spirit filling Downtown this week. With today marking the ChristmasVille kick off, Rock Hill is already being turned into a winter wonderland with holiday concerts, Dickens Era carolers, ice-skating, decorations and so much more.

The new float will appear in the 2013 Rock Hill Christmas Parade at 6:30 PM, Friday, December 6. The crowd is once again expected to be in excess of 30,000 people.



About The Rock Hill Christmas Parade:
The “Light the Night” parade celebrating the holiday season begins at 6:30 p.m. at Winthrop University. Led by the Grand Marshall “Rock Hill Dream Center,” the parade features over 80 entries that include floats, bands, cars, walking units, and of course Santa Claus. Visit the ChristmasVille food vendors in the Black St. parking lot and additional entertainment on Main St. before and after the parade. Due to construction at the municipal parking lot on Main St. and Elizabeth Ave.
The parade will still assemble on Oakland Ave. in front of Winthrop University as in recent years. The parade will travel along Oakland all the way to Main Street; then turn right on Main and continue to the Wells Fargo Bank. The parade will turn right at Wells Fargo and continue on the road that cuts through the White St. municipal parking lot. It will end around 9 p.m. at the intersection with White Street.

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