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Monett Christmas parade pageantry coming Saturday

Monday, December 6, 2010

One of the many floats at the 2009 Christmas parade in Monett. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Preparations are complete for Monett's annual Christmas parade on Saturday. More than 50 units will participate in the procession that will head west down Broadway, beginning at 10 a.m.

The theme "Christmas Through the Ages" is expected to provide a colorful spectrum of floats, decorated vehicles and marching units reviving the spirit of past holidays.

Leonard Witt, Monett Chamber of Commerce chairman for the parade, said Santa Claus will be back to greet children at Fourth and Broadway following the parade. Witt was also pleased to announce that because the parade returned to its traditional date on the second Saturday of December, Shriners from the Abou Ben Adhem Temple in Springfield will be back with their contingent of vehicles, musical performers and clowns.

Plans again call for each of the entries to be announced as they pass the judges' grandstand at Fourth and Broadway.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three floats in religious and non-religious categories. Trophies will be given to the top bands, marching units and vehicles. Eligible vehicles will receive commemorative dashboard plaques. Winners can pick up their prizes at the chamber office at 200 E. Broadway immediately following the parade.

Participants will line up for the parade a little differently this year, said Suzy McElmurry, executive director for the chamber. All the floats will line up on Broadway instead of on side streets so that the larger units will not have to face difficult turns to get into the procession. Vehicles and marching units will line up on Bond, Eighth, Ninth and 10th streets.

Last minute entries can participate but will not be judged. All participates should check in with Grand Marshal Dayton Mackey for line-up instructions by 9 a.m. on Saturday at Eighth and Broadway.

The official line-up as determined last week follows:

* The Monett police;

* A color guard provided by Monett veterans organizations;

* Santa Claus riding on a Monett fire truck;

* The Monett High School Marching Pride Band;

* Monett High School Miss Merrie Christmas Kerry Tinklepaugh and her court;

* Tom Wormington's 1956 Ford Victoria;

* Benchmark Healthcare float;

* Cub Scout Pack 140;

* Church of the Nazarene float, "Jesus, the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever;"

* Barry County Shrine Club Firehouse Gang;

* Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Club clowns;

* Monett Historical Society with Tom Wormington's 1956 Ford F100 pickup;

* Barry County Museum float "Old Time Christmas;"

* Sarcoxie High School Marching Band;

* Junior ROTC cadets with their garrison flag;

* Fairview Antique Auto Club classic vehicles;

* Float from Uncle Dale's Catfish and Seafood in Aurora;

* Monett Christian Academy students;

* Cox Monett Hospital float "Reindeer in Training;"

* Wheaton High School and Middle School Marching Band;

* Susan Hall's 1967 Pontiac;

* Monett Area YMCA Christmas train;

* John Embrey's 1967 Ford Fairlane 500;

* Monett Historical Society represented by Doug Hobson's 1923 Model T Ford coupe;

* Monett FFA float "Christmas Past and Present;"

* Purdy High School Marching Band;

* Purdy Parents as Teachers' Little Mister Merry Christmas Jeramiah Williams and Little Miss Merry Christmas Eryn Schlessman;

* Skaters from Skateland Fun Center in Monett;

* United States Coast Guard Flotilla 55 from Table Rock Lake with the Coast Guard panda;

* Don Neely and great granddaughter on a decorated golf cart;

* Caleb Hall, Karter Brink and Nicolas Schied as the Dare Devils on two motorcycles and a go-cart;

* Monett Jaycees float using the carousel from the carnival;

* Pierce City High School Marching Band and cheerleaders;

* Pierce City FFA float;

* Larry Faucett's 1926 Model T pickup;

* St. Lawrence Catholic Church float telling the Christmas story from the birth of Jesus to the present;

* Barry County Fair queen;

* Tri-State Motor Transit 1954 white truck and trailer;

* Monett High School varsity cheerleaders float;

* Rock Crawlers 4x4 Club from Fayetteville, Ark.;

* Promesa Church Assemblies of God float;

* First Baptist Church of Monett float "One King, Hope of the World;"

* Burl Thomas's 1948 International Cub tractor;

* Alan Obermann's 1955 John Deere 70 tractor;

* New Site Riders motorcycle club from New Site Baptist Church;

* Bikers Against Child Abuse cyclists;

* Ronnie Myers with three equestrian units.

The Sixth Street parking lot will be reserved for handicapped spectators. Monett merchants will be open before and after the parade for the convenience of shoppers.

For additional information, contact the chamber at 235-7919.

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