The 2007 holiday season will be in full swing this Saturday when four area cities host Christmas parades. Monett's parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., Seligman's at 11 a.m., Exeter's at 1:30 p.m. and Cassville's at 6:30 p.m. All three parades will feature festive floats, marching bands and other seasonal entries.
The 2007 Cassville Christmas Parade will feature close to 70 entries. The parade will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. beginning at the Able 2 parking lot on Highway 248 and proceeding west to Main Street. From there, the entries will travel north to the Cassville R-IV School campus.
This year's parade line-up is as follows: Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly; Cassville Fire Protection District; American Legion; City of Cassville; EMS; Cassville marching band; Foxy Kutz; Girl Scout Troop #335 and #333; Emmanuel Baptist Church; Barry Electric; Neil O'Donnel 1947 International; Tom Reiser's motorcycles; Cassville High School varsity cheerleaders; Ryan Newman's Small Engine Repair; Cassville United Methodist Church.
Wildcat Rentals; Missouri National Guard; Exeter Fire Protection District; Cassville High School Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas; Jane Neil; Corinth Baptist Church; Exeter High School FFA; Red Rose Inn; Busy Bee Daycare; Southwest marching band; Santa's Workshop; Bob Lombard; Rebel Recycling; St. Thomas a'Beckett; White Funeral Home; Roark Auto Towing and Repair.
Dodge vs. Ford; Exeter High School Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas; A &?R Sales; Wheaton High School FCCLA; The Family Zone; Victory Baptist Church; Chasteen Tree Service; Robert Wolfe; Purdy AmeriCorps; Fasco/Regal Beloit; 2008 senior guys; Northwest Arkansas Corvette Club; Southwest cheerleaders; Varner's Quik Stop; HIS Children's Camp; Max Akers; Wheaton Historical Society; Cassville High School FFA; Hilsden Moseley.
Cub Scouts; Clint Hoppes; Cassville Community 2000; Eagle Rock Real Estate; Purdy Girl Scout Troop #83; Butterfield Fire Protection District; Cassville Family YMCA; Wheaton marching band; Chris Swearingen; Moose Lodge; Rocky Comfort Ron Paul 2008; Aaron's Sales and Lease; MARCK Recycling; Michelle Melton; St. John's Hospital-Cassville; Buckaroos for Christ; Back with Nature; Allen Walker; and Santa Claus.
Area residents who attend the parade are encouraged to complete their evening by visiting the Seven Valleys Christmas drive-through light display located in the downtown city park. The display is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly.
For more information on the lighting display or the parade, call the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce office at 847-2814.
Exeter's Christmas parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. Entries, which are expected to number over 100, will line-up at the school and then proceed down Front Street.
Trophies will be awarded in the following divisions: bands, floats, horses and cars. Those still wishing to enter the parade can can call Flo Ennis at 835-8861.
The Exeter Lions Club will be hosting its annual dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lions Club Building. The menu will feature ham and turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, vegetables, pie, salad and a drink.
Close to 50 entries are expected to be showcased during Seligman's Christmas parade. The parade line-up will gather at 10 a.m. on the north end of Business Highway 37. Entries will be accepted on the day of the parade.
"Just show up and you will be given a number," said Joan Andrews, Seligman city clerk.
Cash prizes totalling $610 will be awarded in seven different divisions. There is no cost to enter the parade.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the Seligman Community Center handing out well-stocked treat bags to area youngsters. Refreshments will also be available.
For more information on the Seligman Christmas Parade, call Seligman City Hall at 417-662-3600.
The Monett Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring Monett's annual Christmas parade, which will begin on Broadway in downtown Monett at 10 a.m. Santa will lead the parade on Monett's fire truck.
This year's parade theme is "Treasures of Christmas." Prizes will be awarded in five divisions, including: floats; bands; business, manufacturing and industry; equestrian; and vehicle, trucks and tractors.
"The chamber encourages church, youth, civic clubs, speciality clubs and individuals to participate in this big Christmas event," Suzy McElmore.
Entry forms are available at the Monett chamber office. For more information, call 417-235-7919.