The 2015 Lisbon Christmas Parade

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This year’s parade was the village of Lisbon experienced our own “It’s a Wonderful Life” story, a celebration of the true spirit of Christmas, when ALL the people of Howard County came together to make the 2015 Lisbon Christmas Parade a HUGE HUGE success!

Horse farm owners, hay farm owners, grain farm owners, dairy and cattle farm owners, this year’s parade was a true celebration of rural western Howard County’s true, diverse agriculture heritage. 

Check back for more updates in the coming week.

Merry Merry Christmas!

PARADE UPDATES!

THE PARADE

Who we have heard will be in the parade:

– Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, as the Grand Marshall

Zack Brendel of Level Land – aboard something

Tim Feaga (Heritage Realty)on a mid-sized Kubota hauling a holiday float.  Tim is also providing a tractor and a wagon for “Outstanding Young Women of Howard County.” (We are not quite sure what that means yet, but we will find out.

Patrick Shurney (Sandy Spring Bank) on his prized zero turn!

– The Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds will have a wagon full of hounds (and their people)

– One or two tractors from Kimberthy Turf

– An entry from Pleasant Prospect Farm

and more! Click here for a release form: Lisbon Tractor Parade Liability Release

THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE:

Thank you, The Pony Place! The Pony Place will be providing pony rides in or near the LFVD Christmas Village, immediately following The Great Lisbon FARMERS FEED THE HUNGRY Christmas Parade on December 12th!

Featuring a bonfire and DJ Doug “Elvis” Pheobus!

Thank you, Manor Hill Brewery, for setting up a Beer Garden!

Woodcrafts by Mike – Handcrafted Wooden toys

The Rough Country Home Studio: Custom welding, forge work.  Signs, unique furniture, novelty items all made with horseshoes

Books with a Past: used books, Christmas books, Farm books, Kids books

Carroll County Food Bank: Carroll County Food Sunday

Howard County Food Bank: Community Action Council

Knit Wits: local artisans (knitters, writers, and more!)

Thistle Creek Honey Company: local honey and skin care products (Tentative)

Thank you to the following sponsors, who have helped us raise (so far) $5,400!

Howard County Fair Association
Howard County Farm Bureau
AVS Plumbing & Heating
Christmas Insurance Agency
Circle D
Damascus Equine Associates
Flicks Autobody
Frey Ag Products
Heritage Realty
Howard County Cup Races
Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds
Larriland
Laura-Lee Jones Long & Foster Real Estate Services (Old South Services, LLC)
Lisbon Performance Auto & Truck Accessories
McCrone, Inc.
Merry Acres
Pickett, Brian
Planning Solutions Group
RLO Contractors

The Grinch may have stolen Christmas, But Howard County’s Farmers Save it!  

O.k., the Grinch did not really steal Christmas away from Lisbon, Maryland – but for hundreds of horse people, it has definitely felt that way.

But for the recipients of the services provided by the Howard and Carroll County Food Banks, the cancelation of the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade posed a serious financial threat.

So the farmers of Howard County have rallied to the rescue!

What happened to The Horse Parade?

In short, some might say that the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade was “too successful.” The phenomenally popular parade grew to over 500 horses in just a few short years. 500 horses, plus the accompanying carriages, wagons, support people, overwhelmed the small burg’s physical resources, resulting in logistical challenges that were insurmountable for this year. The committee will endeavor to bring back the Horse Parade in 2016. With the tremendous amount of support and good will from local citizens as well the elected officials in the Howard County and Maryland state governments, the committee looks forward to retooling and reintroducing the horse parade in 2016.

Meanwhile, what to do about the beneficiaries of the parade, the Food Banks and the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department? Since its debut, the parade has raised over $30,000 for these worthy causes. So what to do?

Farmers Ride To The Rescue!

On December 12, local farmers will fill in for the horse people, with a somewhat different horse-power: tractors and farm equipment!

The Howard County Farm Bureau, the Howard County Fair Association and the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum are filling in the gaps, taking up the gauntlet and leading the charge for raising funds for the Howard & Carroll County Food Banks, and for a new beneficiary this year: Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry, which underwrites the costs of processing donated venison for the food banks.

Horse farmers and traditional hay, grain and livestock farmers will join forces on Saturday, December 12 in a rolling equipment festival, featuring contemporary and antique tractors decked out in holiday finery!  The parade is schedule to commence at dusk, the better to maximize decorative lights. And organizers want everyone to know: there will be no discrimination against tractor colors!

After the parade, spectators and participants can head over to the LVFD Christmas Village, which will feature live music, a bonfire, gift and food vendors, and pony rides. A central feature of the Christmas Village will be the local micro-brewery beer garden, featuring local farm breweries Manor Hill and The Milkhouse at Stillpoint (slogan: “No Farms; No Beer”).

See you in Lisbon, Maryland on December 12, 2015 at 4 p.m. for The Great Lisbon FARMERS FEED THE HUNGRY Christmas Parade!

For more information, visit lisbonchristmasparade.com.

 

 

The Lisbon Christmas Parade

Farmers Feed The Hungry

To benefit the

Howard County Food Bank

Carroll County Food Bank

Farmers & Hunters Feeding The Hungry

Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Bonfire, Live Music, Holiday Vendors & Fried Chicken & Ham Dinner To Follow

Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department

 
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The 2014 Parade
Although communities tend to focus on the food banks during the winter holidays, the truth is that food banks need our help year-round.On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade Committee presented donation checks to the Howard County and Carroll County Food Banks and the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department. The presentation was held on the front lawn of the Maryland equestrian publication The Equiery, located on Lisbon’s “Main Street.”According to Edward Leister for the Carroll County Food Bank, the Lisbon Horse Parade donation has consistently been the second largest donation received each year since the parade began.In addition to supporting the local food banks, the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade helps to support the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department. Not only does LVFD play a critical role with parade logistics, but the LVFD is the first responder for the local equestrian community.
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Carroll County Food Sunday Food Bank Check Donation: Elisha Iager (Parade Co-Chair), Donna Kent & Ed Leister (Carroll County Food Sunday), Howard Lasky (Parade Committee), Chuck Zepp (Parade Co-Chair), Peggy Schultz (Parade Committee) & Crystal Brumme Kimball (Parade Committee).

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Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department Check Presentation: Crystal Brumme Kimball (Parade Committee), Elisha Iager (Parade Co-Chairman), Carey McIntosh Deputy Chief of the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company, David Stull Chief of the LVFC, Howard Lasky (Parade Committee), Chuck Zepp (Parade Co-Chair) and Peggy Schultz (Parade Committee

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Howard County Food Bank check presentation: Crystal Brumme Kimball (Parade Committee), Elisha Iager (Parade Co-Chairman), Bita Dayhoff (President of the Howard County Community Action Council), Chuck Zepp (Parade Co-Chairman), Howard Lasky (Parade Committee) and Peggy Schultz (Parade Committee).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 2013 Parade
Although communities tend to focus on the food banks during the winter holidays, the truth is that food banks need our help year-round.On Friday, May 9, 2014, the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade Committee presented donation checks to the Howard County and Carroll County Food Banks and the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department. The presentation was held on the front lawn of the Maryland equestrian publication The Equiery, located on Lisbon’s “Main Street.”Although the 2013 Lisbon Horse Parade was regrettably canceled due to weather, sponsors and donors continued with their holiday generosity and the parade raised a record $8,500 for charity.$3,160 was presented to each food bank, while $2,180 was presented to the local volunteer fire department.  According to Edward Leister for the Carroll County Food Bank, the Lisbon Horse Parade donation has consistently been the second largest donation received each year since the parade began.In addition to supporting the local food banks, the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade helps to support the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department. Not only does LVFD play a critical role with parade logistics, but the LVFD is the first responder for the local equestrian community.
$3,160 for the Howard County Food Bank L-R Mrs. Claus; "Classy" The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Stan Rappaport, Director of Resource Development for the Community Action Council of Howard County (which operates the Food Bank); Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

$3,160 for the Howard County Food Bank L-R Mrs. Claus; “Classy” The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Stan Rappaport, Director of Resource Development for the Community Action Council of Howard County (which operates the Food Bank); Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

 

$3,160 for the Carroll County Food Sunday L-R Mrs. Claus; "Classy" The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Edward Leister, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Carroll County Food Sunday; Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

$3,160 for the Carroll County Food Sunday L-R Mrs. Claus; “Classy” The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Edward Leister, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Carroll County Food Sunday; Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

 

$2,180 for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department L-R Mrs. Claus; "Classy" The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Hayden Brendel, for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department; Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

$2,180 for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department L-R Mrs. Claus; “Classy” The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Hayden Brendel, for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department; Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

 

 
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