Parades bring Santa to town

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Santa Claus was very busy last weekend. Jolly old St. Nick drew hundreds of Barry County citizens to annual Christmas parades in Exeter, Cassville and Seligman on Dec. 8.

Families braved the fog and damp weather to crowd downtown Exeter and Seligman for the annual day-time holiday parades.

"The Exeter Lions Club had a great turnout for their dinner and parade," said Flo Ennis, Exeter Christmas parade chairman. "Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and parade. With 122 entries in the parade it turned out good even though the weather threatened to do bad things.

"A lot of hard work went into decorating the floats, cars and four-wheelers," said Ennis. "This year's grand marshal was Vickie Senters. She rode in a Ford Mustang compliments of Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury."

Exeter parade winners included: school float, Exeter FFA, first place; religious float, Victory Baptist Church, first place; non-religious float, Eagan's Supply, first place, White's Funeral Home, second place, and Cassville Youth Advisory Board, third place; band, Southwest marching band, first place, and Wheaton marching band, second place; oldest vehicle, Phillip Jordan, 1939 Chevy, first place, and Neill O'Donnal, 1947 International, second place; best decorated vehicle, Bryce and Braden England's four-wheelers, first place, and Larry Daniels, 2001 Corvette, second place; most unusual vehicle, Hilsden Mosley's Gator, first place, and Donnie Cooper's hot rod tractor, second place; antique tractor, John Higgs, 1937 John Deere, first place; best presentation horses, Back with Nature, first place, and CJ Reed, second place; best of show horses, Back with Nature, first place, and Michael Thomas, second place; and city's choice, Barry Electric.

Seligman parade winners included: religious float, Washburn First Baptist Church, first place, New Hope Assembly of God, second place, and Cruisin' For Christ, third place; non-religious float, Eagan's Supply, first place, Seligman Lion's Club, second place, and Rose Enterprises, third place; marching unit, Southwest High School marching band, first place, and Southwest Middle School cheerleaders, second place; animal unit, Donald DeWitt team and wagon, Seligman Super Stop, first place; antique vehicle, Gene Newman, 1930 Coup, first place; non-antique vehicle, Rodger Garner, yellow Zini, first place; and motorcycle or off-road vehicle, Northwest Arkansas ATV Club, first place.

Holiday spirit drew area residents outside again for the annual night-time Christmas parade held in Cassville Saturday evening. The event, which was sponsored by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, featured over 60 festive entries.

Cassville parade winners included: religious, Emmanuel Baptist Church, first place, Corinth Baptist Church, second place, and Victory Baptist Church, third place; non-religious, Community 2000, first place, 2008 senior guys, second place, and Cassville Family YMCA, third place; commercial, St. John's Hospital-Cassville, first place, and Varner's Kwik Stop, second place; band, Southwest High School marching band, first, and Wheaton High School marching band, second place; oldest vehicle, Bob Lombard, 1927 firetruck; most unusual vehicle, Robert Wolfe, 1960 Buick; best decorated vehicle, Northwest Arkansas Corvette Club; and best decorated horse-drawn wagons, Allen Walker, first place, and Back with Nature, second place.

The City of Wheaton also hosted its annual Christmas parade on Dec. 1.

Winners from the holiday parade in Wheaton included: religious float, Wheaton First Baptist Church, first place, Wheaton Southern Baptist Church, second place, and Bethlehem Freewill Baptist, third place; non-religious float, Wheaton Historical Society, first place, Barry Electric, second place, and White Funeral Home, third place; vehicles, HIS Children's Camp, 1949 Chevy pickup, first place, Ronnie Kimbrough, 1968 Chevy pickup, second place, and John Embery, 1967 Ford Fairlane 500, third place; horses and buggies, Dewey Allgood, first place, JC?Bar Farms, second place, and Back with Nature, third place; and miscellaneous, Braden and Brodie England, first place, Shelby Medley and Sara Burton, second place, and Ferman Prewitt, third place.

Santa visited with area children and distributed Christmas treats and holiday spirit after each parade.

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