LTE: The Draper Parade Princess is Rigged

Dear Editor:

I would just like to make everyone aware that the Draper Parade Princess is rigged. This is one of the big events for the Draper Christmas Parade and all the girls in Fifth grade look forward to participating. Over the last several years the whole Parade Princess has been ruined by individuals connected to the Draper Children’s Christmas Parade committee and the fire department. I know first hand of an incident where my children as well as the other girls participating were cheated out of a chance to win and be crowned 2016 Draper Parade Princess.

In December 2016, my children raised one thousand dollars as a whole, but they were spilt into individuals even though they are twins. The winner was the daughter of a paid fireman for the City of Eden that is stationed at the Draper Fire Department. This individual just happened to be working the day that the money for parade princess was to be turned in. He also just happened to have access to the room where the money was collected and counted. The person in charge of the Draper Children’s Christmas Parade and the parade princess was not on site at the Draper fire department when my children turned their money in. I questioned Mr. O.T. Coleman who is the President of the Draper Children’s Christmas Parade and handles all of the details of the Draper Parade, including collecting donations from the parade princess, the City of Eden, the Draper Volunteer’s Fire Department, the Draper Merchants as well as other individuals and businesses, about why that parent had access to the money and was told that he did not have any access to the money that was turned in and that he was there because he was working for the City of Eden at the Draper Fire Department. I didn’t understand how he didn’t have access to the money collected when my family & I personally saw him come from the back room (where the money was counted and kept for parade princess) with the young girl that was there collecting the money in the absence of the parade president, Mr. Coleman.  Not only did that incident take place when we waked in the door at the fire department, but as we were leaving the fire department from turning my daughters’ money in, the young girl that took our money was already outside with that same paid fireman that also had a daughter running for parade princess.

I knew as we were leaving the fire department that afternoon, my children as well as the other participants didn’t have a chance at being crowned 2016 Draper Parade Princess. That evening at the parade princess party the winner was announced and sure enough the winner was the daughter of that fireman that just happened to be working at the same station where the money was to be turned in. The things that my family experienced that evening from the time we turned their money in until the time that the winner was announced just proved to us that is doesn’t matter what amount of money you turn in, it matters who you are in connection to the Draper Children’s Christmas Parade committee and fireman.

I know that there have been winners in the past that were not directly related to the Draper Children’s Christmas Parade committee or the fire department and the ONLY reason those particular girls won is because they were NOT competing against anyone connected to the Draper Children’s Christmas Parade committee or a fireman.

I hope by letting everyone know about the situation that happened to my children things will be changed for the sake of the Draper Parade’s future. This situation will not be swept under the rug like other situations that have happened with the Draper Parade Princess.

 

Sincerely,

Jodi Morton-Biggs

Eden, NC 27288

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