Monett's annual celebration of Christmas will reach a high moment on Saturday morning for the Chamber of Commerce's Christmas parade. The parade will head west on Broadway from Eighth Street at 10 a.m.
"The parade will be wonderful," said Scott Smith, parade chairman for the chamber. "We've got a wide variety, from floats to bands to motorcycle groups, cars and tractors and horse-drawn groups.
"Six local bands from area high schools will play," Smith said. "We have royalty from Monett, Wheaton and other high schools. Santa Claus will be coming on a Monett fire truck."
A grandstand will be set up at Fourth and Broadway, where Heno Head will announce the parade entries as they pass. A panel of judges at the grandstand will evaluate the entries, and trophies will be awarded to the winners at the chamber office after the parade.
Trophies will also be awarded to bands, vintage vehicles and marching units. Mounted, horse-drawn units and Shriners will receive Best in Show ribbons.
In a big change this year, all floats have been combined into one category. First, second and third place winners will receive Chamber Checks.
Parade entries that registered in time for the judging have received maps as to where they will line up before the parade. Late entries are welcome but will not be judged. Those who have not registered in advance must arrive by 9 a.m. at Eighth and Broadway to receive a position. Dayton Mackey is again serving as parade marshal to line up participants.
All entries registered for judging must be in place by 9:30 a.m. Teams of judges for each division will assess the participants and present the awards before the parade. Award winners, except for the bands, will be announced from the grandstand.
"This is my first year as parade chairman," said Smith, who will assist Head in providing parade commentary for the audience. "I've received a lot of help from Alice Heim and Suzy McElmurry with past judges and equipment. I plan to take what I've learned and make the parade better for the next two years.
"We have almost 60 entries this year," Smith said. "It will be clear and cold, traditional parade weather. Hopefully, we'll get everyone started into the Christmas fever. This is a great way to kick off the holiday season."
The Sixth Street parking lot will again be reserved for handicapped parking. Broadway will be blocked off early on Saturday morning so that parked cars will not block the view of the parade.
For additional questions about the parade or awards, call the chamber office at 235-7919.
The preliminary parade line-up, including all entries competing for prizes, follows:
* Police escort
* Color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wards, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans
* Santa Claus with Monett Fire Department truck
* Monett High School Marching Pride Band and Color Guard
* Monett High School Miss Merrie Christmas Mackenzie Lay and her court
* Strawberry Festival king and queen, prince and princess
* Southwest Area Career Center childcare program float
* Barry County Girl Scouts float
* Monett Historical Society 1956 truck
* Benchmark Healthcare float
* Barry County Firehouse Gang Model T fire engine
* Abou Ben Adhem Temple and Barry County Shriners
* Purdy High School Marching Eagles Band
* Purdy High School Miss and Mister Merry Christmas
* Purdy Little Miss Merry Christmas
* Girl Scout Troop
* 1979 military Jeep for Tom Wolfe VFW Memorial Post #4207 and its Ladies Auxiliary
* 1952 military Jeep
* First Baptist Church of Monett float
* Family Worship Center of Monett float
* Monett Area YMCA float
* Cub Scout Pack 140
* Tom and Georgeanna Wormington's 1956 Ford Victoria.
* Ken Bandy's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Aire
* Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District
* Southwest Area Career Center Junior ROTC color guard and marching unit with the garrison flag
* 1997 Dodge Ram wagon from Countryside Christian Church
* Fairview Antique Auto Club
* from John Embrey's 1967 Ford Fairlane
* Monett Jaycees float
* Wheaton High School and Middle School Spirit Marching Band
* Monett Fire Explorers Post #2001
* Henry Mullins' 1949 Buick Super
* Henry Mullins' 1975 Ford Maverick
* Doug Hobson's 1923 Ford Model T
* Monett FFA float
* Seneca FFA float
* Skaters from Skateland
* 1929 Ford Alabaret Sport roadster
* Cox Monett Wellness Department "Gingerbread Express" float
* Pierce City High School Marching Pride Band
* Pierce City FFA Chapter float
* Jordan Hall's 1970 Pontiac TransAm
* Rock Crowder 4x4 Club cars and trucks
* 1983 Buick Riviera from the Disabled American Veterans
* Monett High School varsity cheerleaders
* Crowder College van
* Aaron's Sales and Lease truck
* New Site Baptist Church Riders motorcycle group
* Bikers Against Child Abuse
* Leon Hilton's 1943 John Deere B tractor
* Kelly Bremer's 1930 McCormick Deering tractor
* 1950 Farmall H tractor from Rausch's Blueberry Farm
* Burl Thomas' 1948 Farmall Cub tractor
* Alan Obermann's 1955 John Deere 70 tractor
* Tri-State Motor Transit Company 1954 truck and trailer
* A wagon drawn by two horses from Double Horn Ranch
* Miniature pony and cart from Kloie White
* Two horses from Ronnie Myers
Santa Claus will meet with children after the parade at the grandstand at Fourth and Broadway.