For Tim Munro Sr. of Fenwick Trustworthy Hardware, and his family, the Selbyville Christmas Parade has become a 15-year tradition. Each year, they decorate his 1940 Ford — and for the past five years, they have even won first place in the parade’s antique car division.
Munro explained that the Trustworthy Hardware team puts out a collector bank truck series every year and, one of the series, series #10, was a 1940 Ford.
“And then I found one, in full scale,” Munro explained. He said it was the correct Trustworthy bright orange, and the interior was Trustworthy’s dark brown and tan, so it seemed meant to be.
“I saw it advertised, and thought, ‘Hey, that was one of our years,’ and then when I went to see it and it was orange and brown — our colors, so it was like an omen.”
Munro drives, and his wife, son and grandson often ride and wave to parade watchers, making it a family affair.
“It’s fun to participate,” he said. “We try to come up with a new theme every year — we enjoy it.”
The 51st Annual Selbyville Christmas parade, which starts at town hall and ends at Church Street and Main – this year, on Dec. 2 – kicks off the holiday season, said Helen Barnaba, operations and events manager at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, which presents the event.
“It’s full of local high schools and fire companies and businesses being spotlighted in the holiday spirit,” she said.
In addition, parade watchers can enjoy marching bands, antique cars, beauty queens, custom cars and trucks, new and antique fire trucks, and floats galore.
Awards are given the following categories: Overall Dazzler, Adult Marching Unit, Antique Cars, Commercial Floats, Custom Cars and Trucks, Fire Company Overall, Fire Company Antique, Marching Band, Non-Commercial Floats and Youth Marching Unit. Supporting sponsors include Mediacom, PNC Bank and the Coastal Point.
The parade starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in downtown Selbyville.