Parades herald start of holidays
The crowds that traditionally gather in Cassville for the annual night-time Christmas Parade can expect a long line of entries this Saturday, Dec. 6.
On Tuesday, there were over 115 entries signed up to participate in the event, which is sponsored each year by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce.
"It's going to be a great parade with lots of entries," said Amy White, chamber executive director.
This year's parade will be led by the state championship Wildcat football team with Santa Claus and his larger-than-life sleigh bringing up the rear of the processional.
White reminds all parade entrants to gather at the Able 2 parking lot on Highway 248 at 5 p.m. Participants will be directed to the staked area that bears their entry number.
The parade will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Entries will proceed to Main Street and then north to the Cassville R-IV School campus. For more information on the Cassville Christmas Parade, call the chamber office at 847-2814.
Following the Christmas parade, several area merchants will be opening their businesses to holiday shoppers. Most businesses will remain open until 10 p.m. For a list of participating merchants, see page 22 of this week's newspaper.
Exeter's Christmas Parade will also take place this Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The seasonal event 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.
For more information about the Exeter Christmas Parade, call Flo Ennis, parade chairperson, at 835-8861.