This year's parade theme is The Sights and Sounds of Christmas
The Board of the Taft District Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has chosen Agnes Hardt, former Director of the West Kern Oil Museum, to be the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Christmas Parade.
This year’s theme is The Sights and Sounds of Christmas. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday,December 4.
Hardt had been an integral part of the West Kern Oil Museum since the early 1980’s when she joined the WKOM volunteers out of an interest in the gardens and landscaping surrounding the grounds of the Museum. Her passion was the native plants and the gardens throughout the Museum. Under Hardt’s watchful eye, no vegetation that was not native to California was allowed to thrive in the Museum’s landscape.
Although she came on board as a gifted gardener, Hardt served the Museum in many capacities. She wrote a column for several years in the Museum newsletter, The Pumper, about the native plants and garden. When Curator Jane Kinsey passed away in 2005, Hardt was named Director of the Museum, a position she held until her retirement in 2010. She is still a volunteer today. The Grand Marshal of the Taft Christmas Parade is an honor bestowed by the Taft Chamber Board of Directors to persons who have made extraordinary contributions to our community over the years. Past Grand Marshals in recent years have included Victor Killingsworth, local businessman and “Father of the Oilworker Monument”; Bob Colston, builder, most recently of Sandy Creek Estates; Dr. Vibul Tang, medical doctor, Bill Black, plumbing contractor; and the late John Miller, businessman. The Taft Christmas Parade is presented each year on the first Monday of December. The parade route traditionally begins on the 800 block of Center Street and proceeds east to the 200 block. “We invite all interested clubs, churches, and other groups to enterthe parade by filling out an application from the Chamber, 400 Kern Street, in Taft,” Kathy Orrin, Executive Director of the Chamber said. The $10 donation accepted with the application is deposited into the Taft Fireworks Fund to be used to help fund the fireworks show on the Rails to Trails in July each year.
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