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Elkhorn’s Christmas Parade includes a variety of entertainers

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Carla McCann
November 17, 2007
— In many ways, Laura Zirngible finds performing in hometown parades more rewarding than stage performances.

Parade routes offer the character and personality of a community, Zirngible said.


“It’s the best part of what we do. We go to towns for big celebrations. Everyone is ready to have fun. We receive great support from the crowds,” Zirngible said.


On Saturday, Dec. 1, Zirngible, a stilt walker, will be among the performers in Elkhorn’s 26th Annual Christmas Card Town Parade.


Other parade participants include the Jesse White Tumbling Team, which has been thrilling audiences internationally since 1959. Their acrobatic performances are frequently featured during half-time shows for the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball.


Another first for this year’s parade will be a visit by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, said Debi Tasch, executive assistant for the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce.


The parade, which traditionally has about 100 entries, is organized by the chamber.


This year’s theme is “A Giving Christmas.”


“One of the ways we hope people will illustrate this year’s theme is to adopt a charity and show on their entry how they’re giving this year,” Tasch said.


For Zirngible, the parade will open a window that showcases the fabric of the community.


She will be performing with the Jolly Giants Wacky Wheelwalker, who taught Zirngible how to walk on stilts, she said.


From all indications, the Wacky Wheeler is one of a kind, Zirngible said.


The wheeler’s real name is Rob Summerbell. He used to be a trapeze artist until watching a show that featured a stilt walker dressed like a tree, Zirngible said.


Today, he defies gravity while surfing atop his wacky wheel.


During the Elkhorn parade, Zirngible and Summerbell will share their joy of entertaining.


In return, they will receive an inside view of a small town community that treasures and honors traditions.


“We see and feel what the community is like,” Zirngible said. “It’s endlessly interesting.”


IF YOU GO

Elkhorn’s 26th Annual Christmas Card parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the main gate of the Walworth County Fairgrounds on Highway 11.


The route will take the parade to Court, Wisconsin, Geneva, Washington and Walworth streets before ending on Jackson Street at the fairgrounds.



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