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Cities to host Christmas parades

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Monett's Festival of Lights, the display of seasonal light exhibits that fills South Park, opens today at 5:30 p.m. Above is the largest addition this year, a display purchased with donations by visitors collected during 2007 and 2008. Electric Department crews tested the exhibits Monday night to make sure the lights came on, and in the case of the new exhibit, that the wheel for the mill rotated at the right speed. The Festival of Lights will be open nightly from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Entry is only from Highway 37. This year the city will be locking the park gates overnight to help deter vandalism. The Festival of Lights runs through Dec. 27. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Sign-ups are underway for Christmas parades in and around Monett, which are scheduled to be held on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

Monett's annual Christmas parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Sign-ups to enter the parade and compete in the judging closed on Friday. Late entries can still participate but will not be eligible for prizes.

Sign-up can be done at the Monett Chamber of Commerce office at 200 E. Broadway. "Christmas on Broadway" is this year's theme, according to Parade Chairman Leonard Witt.

A panel of judges located at Fourth and Broadway will determine the winners in the Monett parade. Bands in three divisions will receive either a trophy, ribbon or plaque for first place.

Chamber Checks will be awarded to float winners in both the religious and non-religious divisions. First place will receive $70, second place gets $50 and third place earns $30. The best float in the business/manufacturing/industry category will take home the traveling trophy.

Best in Show awards will be given for marching units, equestrian mounted and horse-drawn entries and cars and trucks in both the classic and antique divisons.

Parade entries will line up at Eighth and Broadway at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5. The parade will go west on Broadway. Santa Claus will head the parade and meet with children at the grandstand after the parade.

Pierce City

The Pierce City Christmas parade, organized by the Pierce City Lions Club, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5. The parade will head west through town on Commercial Street.

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by calling Andy and Carrie Hogenmiller at 476-2808. Participants can also sign up when they arrive at the line-up at 4:30 p.m. at Central Elementary School.

Cash will be awarded to the first, second and third place float winners. Trophies will be given to the first, second and third place bands.

A Best in Show prize will be given out in the vehicles category. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places among the equestrian entries. All vehicles and equestrians must be decorated to be eligible to win.

Ribbons will also be awarded for first, second and third place youth entries.

Verona

The Verona parade, hosted by the Verona Lions Club, will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12.

Line-up for the parade will be at 9 a.m. in front of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The parade will proceed downtown and head west to the city park.

According to Jimmie Branham with the Lions Club, ribbons for first, second and third places will be awarded for both the non-religious and religious floats.

A variety of cars, trucks and tractors are expected. Branham invited equestrian entries as well as bikes, lawnmowers and youth to participate. A grand marshal who has not yet been announced will head the procession.

Additional information is available by calling Dale Whitlock at 498-6184.

Cassville

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual night-time Christmas parade at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in participating in the parade must register by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. Entry forms can be obtained on-line at www.cassville.com or by calling the chamber office at 847-2814.

Prizes will be awarded in religious, non-religious and commercial divisions. Awards will also be given to the best marching bands, flag or twirling groups, vehicles and horse-drawn carriages.

This year's parade route has changed. The procession will travel from Cassville High School to Farm Road 2182 or Clover Street in Cassville.

The chamber's annual Christmas Lighting Display Contest will also begin on Dec. 5. Participants are encouraged to keep their holiday lights on until at least 10 p.m. each night through Saturday, Dec. 12.

A panel of secret judges will decide this year's lighting contest winners. First, second and third place and honorable mention prizes will be awarded. Winners will be presented with plaques at the December chamber meeting.

Exeter

The Exeter Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The parade will feature horses, bands, floats, cars, tractors and a variety of other entries.

Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in participating in the parade should call 835-8861.

Shell Knob

The Shell Knob "Old Town" Christmas parade, which is sponsored by The Old Church Gallery and The MAIDEN Project, Inc., will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5.

A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the entry or unit that gives the best performance or has the best display. A second place winner will earn $50 and a third place entry will receive $25.

Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly will serve as grand marshal for the parade. Several county officials will also participate in the event.

Terry's Cafe will offer free gifts and food for all area children following the parade.

For more information or to register for the parade, call 417-858-0318.

Washburn

The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce's third annual Christmas parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Parade registration forms can be obtained at many Washburn businesses or by calling 826-4008. The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 4.

A $50 first place prize, a $25 second place prize and a $10 third place prize will be awarded in the religious float, non-religious float and commercial float divisions. First and second place prizes will be awarded to the best horse entries.

Trophies will be awarded to the top marching bands and flag groups, best decorated vehicle, oldest vehicle and most unusual vehicle.

Seligman

The Seligman Christmas parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12. Entry forms are available at several Seligman businesses and the city hall.

Over $600 in prize money will be given away during the event, and Santa will distribute 150 treat bags to area children at the Seligman Community Center after the parade.

For more information, call the Seligman City Hall at 417-662-3600.



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