Teri Fichter isn’t worried about the duties that come with leading Baraboo’s holiday parade. Sitting in a car and waving isn’t a tough job, and for someone who loves all things winter, stoking up Christmas spirit will come naturally.
That’s why the devoted community volunteer was chosen to serve as the grand marshal of downtown Baraboo’s Christmas Light Parade on Nov. 18.
“I love Christmas, I love snow, I love winter,” Fichter said. “I love it all.”
It isn’t just Fichter’s passion for ice skating, egg nog and carols that prompted Downtown Baraboo Inc. to choose her.
“I think she’s one of those great ladies who contribute a lot to the community and don’t expect anything in return,” DBI President Lacey Steffes said.
Fichter is a fixture, having served St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Boys & Girls Club and Baraboo softball. The Kiwanis Club gave her its community service award in 2015. Fichter helped organize a parade for Baraboo Winterfest and participated in St. Paul’s entries for several years.
“Teri Fichter makes Baraboo a better place,” Steffes said. “These are the people who make a town a community.”
This year’s parade theme is “Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Baraboo,” one Fichter finds fitting for a heartwarming family event.
“With the lights in the dark, it brings the magic,” she said. “The magic of Christmas is bringing back all your childhood memories.”
A Twin Cities native, Fichter cherished St. Paul’s Winter Carnival, and has enjoyed watching Baraboo’s holiday parade become an anticipated event.
“It has become part of our downtown, I think,” she said.
Fichter is the volunteer coordinator at St. Clare Meadows Care Center, a job she has held since leaving the city Parks Department about two years ago after a long tenure. She is a master gardener who coordinates youth programs at St. Paul’s and runs a cooking class at the Boys & Girls Club. Fichter also has served the American Legion, Girl Scouts and Salvation Army. She and Cindy Kruse founded the Catch for a Cure women’s softball tournament, which raises money to fight breast cancer.
Because she is accustomed to a heavy workload, Fichter figures she’ll have no trouble waving from a car and generating holiday fervor.
“There’s not a whole lot I have to do,” she said with a chuckle. “That’s the best part of it.”