FCFC parade win was a 'Miracle on Spring Street'
The Academy of Excellence, a private school of Faith Christian Family Church in Eureka Springs, with a Dickens town float, tied for first place in the non-profit category in this year's Christmas parade.
But the school almost had to forfeit or would have continued past the judges in a bleak state if it weren't for a small miracle.
Few who saw the float coming up Hillside and onto Spring Street realized what misery riders were in due to the fact that the generator that brought the float to life and powered the sound system, and would not restart.
The same entry took first place for music in the Berryville Christmas parade.
Being accustomed to praying the group made no exception in this case and asked God to come through to get the generator running.
While praying the group was also trying to sing carols, smile and keep warm, while agonizing over the fact that the show had lost its pizzazz when Steve Newcomb, dressed in costume as Scrooge, jumped off the float and ran into the Palace Hotel, returning with a fist full of tools including a spark plug wrench which was exactly what was needed to put the float and crew back in business
Said Pastor Gary Hayhurst, "Thanks go to all who worked so hard and participated, especially David and Cheri Tiegen, who designed and built the float but especially, thanks to God!"