Deck the halls or a digger. That’s exactly what five employees from the Mt. Clemens Service Center did. Recently, Daniel D’Avanzo (supervisor); Brian Zomerfield (line worker); Zack Broughton (apprentice); Dylan White (apprentice); Ron Hiestand (mechanic) and Hiestand’s wife decked out a large digger with lights and built an award-winning float. The float, which features Fuzz-E the clown and his side kick Peanut, has been making its way around the Northeast region. 

“Instead of all Christmas, I thought it would be nice to add a new special touch – a clown,” D’Avanzo said. “And it was loved. The guys on the poles, the clown and his side kick Peanut in the middle – who would have known it would be a great mix? The looks you get from the crowd and oh how the kids’ eyes light up!”

The float has appeared in the Mt. Clemens, Richmond, Marine City and Algonac parades. During the stop in Algonac, the team won first place for best design.

The float and team were loved so much by the crowd that not only did the they take home first place, they were invited back for next year.

“It was fun giving back to the community, I look forward to doing it again next year,” D’Avanzo said.

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