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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 413

BLM float wins prize in community parade

BLM’s Bakersfield Field Office took first place for the non-profit division in the Dec. 3 Bakersfield Christmas Parade.

The parade theme was "Once upon a Christmas" and the BLM float was "Once Upon a Fireman's Christmas". The float featured a fire truck, a fireman reading to children, Smokey Bear and Sparky the fire dog. (text continues below)

Children in toy fire helmets ride the float between the wrapped gifts and a BLM firefighter
Natalie, Samantha, Elena and Daniel enjoy riding on the float.

"It was an office project," said Tim Smith, BLM Bakersfield Field Office manager. "Whether it was staffs from the Carrizo, Resources, Administration, Minerals and Fire, everyone was working together as a team." Fire crew members from the Midway station came in from Taft and worked on the project. The office had entered floats previously, but not since 2006.

Smokey Bear, accompanied by a BLM firefighter, waves to the crowd

Sparky the fire dog staffs the rear of the float, accompanied by other riders

The Bakersfield Californian reported that 95 units took part in the parade this year, including 33 floats.  For their report and more photos, see the Bakersfield Californian. (Note: this story is dated Dec. 3, 2009, and may be available online for only a short time.)

- David Christy, BLM Central California District, 12/8/09

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 413

Last updated: 12-16-2009