Time : 06:45 (pm)

Date : 02/08/2023

Day : Wednesday

Time : 06:45 (pm)

Date : 02/08/2023

Day : Wednesday

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Christmas in the Village Parade Spectator Tips

The Mt. Orab Christmas in the Village Parade draws hundreds of spectators from around the area. We want your visit to be as enjoyable as possible. Whether you are new to the parade or a long time supporter, here are the top five tips to have the best time possible.

1.)  Arrive early!  The parade draws large crowds every year, and this year should be no different. Road closures begin approximately 30 minutes prior to the parade’s start, so in order to avoid traffic please consider arriving at least an hour early.

2.)  Find a good parking spot!  Parking is available at Mt. Orab Middle School, as well as various business and church lots throughout the village. Please make sure you have permission from the property owner before parking in a private lot. A limited number of parking spots are available on village streets. There is no street parking along the parade route. The village is not responsible for theft or damage of vehicles.

3.)  Find the best place to sit!  The parade runs from Western Brown Schools east to the center of town and turns south on High Street until ending at Smith Avenue. Two announcers are located along the route: one at the center of town and one at the Mt. Orab Village Park. Spectators may set up lawn chairs or blankets along the route for comfortable viewing. Wherever you choose to watch the parade, please make sure to stay off the roads along the parade route to ensure your safety.

4.)  Come prepared!  As you know, Ohio weather can be unpredictable. Dressing in warm clothes, hats and gloves will make your experience more enjoyable. Feel free to bring blankets and warm drinks as well. Keep an eye on the local forecast to determine if other weather related essentials are necessary.

5.)  Don’t forget your letters to Santa!  Make sure your little ones bring their letters to Santa. A "mailbox" will be located in the center of town so we can collect the letters and send them to the North Pole. A blank downloaded Santa Letter may be found here.

Christmas in the Village Parade Grand Marshalls

The Mt. Orab Christmas in the Village Parade began in 2007 as a modest daytime parade. After a tremendous response from the community and several years of growth, the parade was changed to an evening event in 2011. Now, community organizations and local businesses come together to make the parade a spectacular event featuring lights, music, holiday characters and floats.

Below is a list of past Grand Marshalls of the Mt. Orab Christmas in the Village Parade.

Mayor Bruce Lunsford 2007 Day
Adrian Shaw 2008 Day
Betty Moore 2009 Day
Ben Houser 2010 Day
Joe Glover 2011 Night
Buddy LaRosa 2012 Night
Alma Monk 2013 Night
Gerald Gabbard 2014 Night
Village Council 2015 Night
Tim Hale, Mt. Orab Port Authority 2016 Night
Mt. Orab Firefighters with over 30 years of experience. Duane Stinson, Mike Spitznagel, James Mullen, Mark Rembis, Adrian Shaw and Jeff Rymer 2017  
Tom Ball 2018  
Woody Whittington 2019  
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The Village of Mt. Orab

Mt. Orab is located in Brown County Ohio about 12 miles from the county seat of Georgetown. Brown County’s majority of population was people from the State of Virginia, because it was part of the Virginia Military Survey. The land was granted to Officers who served in the Revolutionary War in the State of Virginia and the Officers of the Army in the State of Virginia.
The County was named after General Jacob Brown who was an officer in the War of 1812. The County was then organized in the year 1817
Mt. Orab is the largest village in Green Township. The name Mt. Orab was named after the biblical name of Mt. Horeb in the Bible. Green Township was created on December 2, 1834. It was originally a part of Clermont County. It was created from portions of Sterling Township.
Before any lots were laid out, a store was kept on the southwest corner of Broadway and High Street, Henry Dennis was the first merchant of the town and James McClure was also first of the beginning merchants. The first village smith’s were Charles Zeller and Henry Varley. The village was laid out by Daniel Keethler on September 3. 1850 on the east bank of Sterling Fork of White Oak Creek and the lots were surveyed by a William McLain. There were only 19 lots in the beginning. Growth was slow until the Cincinnati & Eastern Railroad reached town on April 19, 1877. In that same year, 31 lots were added, and by 1880 Mt. Orab had become an incorporated village
The first postmaster of the town was Levi G. Marshall on January 7, 1854. some of the others to follow were William Weeks, and Dr. Michael Stroup. The early physicians were Dr. Michael Stroup, Al Earhart and R. Lancaster. Later Dr. Michael Stroup’s son, Joseph Michael Stroup became a Dr. in his father’s footsteps.
MC. Newcomb was the publisher of the Mt. Orab Monitor for two years until he moved his paper and business in August 1886 to Williamsburg, Ohio because the establishment was a non paying business in the town of Mt. Orab.

The Mt. Orab depot, built in 1884, is the oldest building in town and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The depot is owned by the’ Mt. Orab Women’s Club and has been moved across the tracks where it is on disp1ay along with a vintage wood caboose. While the railroad brought a measure of prosperity to Mt. Orab and the surrounding area, the C&E itself was a financial basket case and was finally acquired by the Norfolk & Western (now Norfolk Southern) in 1901

The telephone service had began in the 1900’s. There were very few subscribers to the telephone exchange.

In June of 1929, Radio Station WHBD “went on the air” from the rear of Doc Moler’s Garage and General Store on East Main Street. At that time, Mt. Orab was the smallest town in the U.S. with a radio station. Sunday was the big day! People gathered from all over the area to hear and see, the “live talent” on WHBD. One of the performers was Cowboy Copas who later became a regular on the Grand Ole Opry. Because of increasing operating expenses, the popular station was sold and moved to Portsmouth in 1934.

The Mt. Orab fire department was established in 1896 and continues to serve Mt. Orab and the surrounding townships.