Steve Stucker, the most recognized celebrity in New Mexico, was this year’s parade Marshall. He rode on the Big Brother Big Sisters’ float with wife Rose and his 8-yr old daughter. Daughters Kayli and Georgi were seated with judges. Georgi Stucker, the eldest Stucker heir celebrated her 14th birthday, Monday, Dec. 6th.
Stucker was the emcee at the Bakers Ball, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. “Yeah, yeah, way above my pay grade,” Stucker said, adding his endorsement for Ruidoso. “We’ve been here three times in the past 18 months. We can’t get enough of it, we’re staying at a beautiful place.”
Jarra Lawrence, a 3rd grader at White Mountain Elementary and a fan of Stuckers, had the opportunity to finally meet him. He greeted her with a huge smile and a handshake. Lawrence’s mother posted on Stuckers’ blog this past week, informing him of Lawrence’s plans to miss a family wedding so she could see him in the parade.
Lawrence’s morning routine always includes watching the weather report on KOB eyewitness news 4. “I wish I could get my 8-yr old to watch me. Instead she goes straight to cartoon.” Stucker said.
According to Sandy Aguilar, executive director of the chamber, the parade continued its success in this,its tenth year. “We had more than 35 floats and they were all beautifully lit,” Aguilar said. “It was good to see.”
She added, that though the number of floats were about the same as previous years, more of this year’s participants got into the spirit of the event.
As a result, several floats were recognized for their efforts. The Zia Natural Gas float won first prize with the Inn of the Mountain Gods placing second. Third place went to the ENMU float. City Bank garnered an honorable mention and the Ruidoso Ridge Runners won the, “Most Sparkle award.” The Raiders little league football team won the, “Most Rockin’ Group,” and Ruidoso Middle School won the, “Coldest Looking,” award.