Who won awards at this year's parade of lights in Mitchell?

There were 56 entries on a chilly late-November evening on Mitchell's Main Street.

Here is the small business best lights winner Zach Scott Construction at the Parade of Lights on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, on Mitchell's Main Street.
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MITCHELL — There were rockin' chairs, rockin' bands and plenty of lights at Tuesday night's annual Mitchell Parade of Lights.

The event, a kickoff to Christmas and the holidays in Mitchell, is hosted by Mitchell Main Street and Beyond. There were 56 entries in this year's parade, which was themed "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

"On behalf of Mitchell Main Street & Beyond, I want to extend our heartfelt thank you to all the individuals, businesses, and community organizations that took the time and effort to create the colorful, bright, and fantastic floats that dazzled our Main Street," said Elizabeth Luczak, event manager for Mitchell Main Street and Beyond, who also acknowledged with gratitude all the community members and those who traveled to Mitchell on the cold evening to watch the parade.

There were three entrant sizes, including community organization, small business, and large business. There were three subjects judged within each entry: best use of lights, best theme and most traditional.

When people say (and yes, I do hear your comments), “The local newspaper just isn’t local anymore,” my response: That’s just not true.

Here are the nine winners from Tuesday night's parade.


Community organization
Best use of lights: 301 Rodz
Best theme: Heart and Sole Cancer Walk/Run
Tradition: United Congregational United Church of Christ

Small business
Best use of lights: Zach Scott Construction
Best theme: BankWest
Tradition: Morgan Electric

Large business
Best use of lights: Vern Eide of Mitchell
Best theme: Trail-Eze Trailers
Tradition: Mitchell Marlins hockey

Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at
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