Eureka’s holiday Trucker’s Parade is set to go for a 31st annual event on Dec. 14 as companies around Humboldt County contribute funds to make sure it happens. (Times-Standard file photo)
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Eureka’s holiday Trucker’s Parade is set to go for a 31st annual event on Dec. 14 as companies around Humboldt County contribute funds to make sure it happens.

First District Supervisor Rex Bohn, who in September said he would try to keep the event running after local radio station KEKA stepped away, has secured donations from seven local businesses and an additional eight commitments.

Schmidbauer Lumber, the Green Diamond Resource Co., Mercer-Fraser Co., Leon’s Car Care Center and others have signed on to commit funds, Bohn told the Times-Standard on Friday.

“I have a newfound respect for all the work that goes into this,” Bohn said.

On Wednesday, Bohn met with city of Eureka staff and others to discuss the logistics of the parade. The organizers will need to notify around 40 residences that on Dec. 14, a host of decorated trucks will lumber through downtown Eureka, honking their horns to the rhythm of Christmas classics like “Jingle Bells.”

The parade has been held since 1989, becoming a tradition among Eureka residents. Families and friends line the sidewalks of the city’s downtown streets, often drinking hot cocoa and waving at the trucks cascading by.

Local radio station KEKA, which had held the parade for years, said in September that rising costs and decreased participation could nix this year’s occasion. Later that month, Bohn held a surprise news conference to announce the parade is back on.

“We’ll be doing Christmas, Humboldt-style,” Bohn said Friday. The two-term supervisor is running for re-election in March.

Mercer-Fraser, a construction company based in Eureka, has contributed to the annual parade for years. CEO Justin Zabel said the event has become a tradition for the company as well.

“I think it’s one of the few types of things that a community can look forward to that doesn’t really cost the family a lot of money to see,” Zabel said. “It’s something for everybody that all ages can enjoy.”

Green Diamond, the forestry company, will contribute a number of trucks to the occasion.

Those looking to participate in the trucker’s parade can apply online at the event’s Facebook page.

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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