Entries are still being accepted for five area Christmas parades, which will help mark the start of the holiday season in Barry County.
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is busy preparing for its annual night-time parade, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Parade entry forms are available at the chamber office at 504 Main St. or can be obtained on-line at www.cassville.com.
Entries in the parade will line up at 5 p.m. in the Able 2 parking lot off of Highway 248. The parade will proceed from Able 2 to Main Street and north to the Cassville R-IV School campus.
There is no charge to enter the Cassville Christmas Parade. Trophies will be awarded in various categories for floats, marching groups, vehicles and horse-drawn entries.
For more information about the Cassville parade, call Amy White, chamber executive director, at 847-2814.
The Washburn Chamber of Commerce is organizing its second annual Christmas Parade, which will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Parade registration forms can be picked up at most Washburn businesses or by calling 826-4008. The deadline to register for the parade is Friday, Nov. 21.
Cash prizes will be awarded to first through third places in the religious and non-religious float categories. Trophies will be presented to the top winners in commercial floats, marching bands, flag corps, horse-drawn entries, best decorated vehicles, oldest vehicle and best decorated vehicle divisions.
For more information on the Washburn Christmas Parade and how to enter, call 826-4008.
Wheaton will host its night-time Christmas parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Entries will line up at the rodeo grounds and then proceed down Main Street to the city park.
Prize money will be awarded in five categories, and parade entry forms are available at Wheaton City Hall. Santa will be in the park at the conclusion of the parade to hand out candy bags to children in attendance. Hot chocolate and cookies will also be served.
Other activities that will be held following the parade include: an open house at the Wheaton Depot; caroling in the park; and the announcement of house lighting winners. For more information, call Wheaton City Hall at 417-652-3314.
Exeter's Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Parade entries will be accepted up until the day of the event. Anyone interested in entering the parade is asked to call Flo Ennis, parade chairman, at 835-8861.
Exeter's parade is sponsored by the Exeter Lions Club and will feature the awarding of trophies in the following categories: religious, non-religious and school floats; bands; antique, oldest and best decorated vehicles; antique and classic tractors; and horses.
The parade will be preceded by the annual Exeter Lions Christmas Dinner, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lions Club Building. Following the parade, Santa will be handing out treats to area youngsters at the Lions Club Building. The dinner serves as a fundraiser to support the parade, according to Ennis.
The 2008 Seligman Christmas Parade is slated for Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at the north end of town at the corner of Highways 37 and Business 37 and then will proceed south to the Seligman Community Center.
Cash prizes will be awarded in the following divisions: religious floats; non-religious floats; marching units; best animal unit; best antique vehicle; best non-antique vehicle; and best motorcycle or off-road vehicle.
Following the parade, Santa Claus will be at the Community Center to greet children and hand out treats. For more information or to enter the parade, call Seligman City Hall at 417-662-3000. Entries will be accepted until the day of the parade.