Barry County residents won't have to travel far to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Three area cities are hosting Christmas Parades this Saturday, Dec. 13.
The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its second annual Washburn Christmas Parade at 10 a.m.
The parade will begin at the First Baptist Church parking lot on Second Street and proceed south where the procession will turn east on North Street. The last stretch of the parade will extend south on Main Street and east on Highway 90 where it will end at the Southwest Middle School parking lot.
Immediately following the conclusion of the parade, Santa will be at the Washburn Community Building to take pictures with area children. Each child will receive a free photo with Santa.
Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be sold at the Washburn Community Building from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with all proceeds going toward payment of the Community Building's monthly utility bills.
For more information about the Washburn Christmas Parade, call 826-4008.
The 2008 Seligman Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Entries will line up at 1 p.m.
The parade route runs from the north end of town at the corner of Highway 37 and Business 37 and then travels south to the Seligman Community Center at the corner of South Main and Hurd Streets.
Cash prizes of $75 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place will be awarded in religious floats, non-religious floats and marching unit divisions. A cash prize of $40 will be awarded to the best animal unit, the best antique vehicle, the best non-antique vehicle and the best motorcycle or off-road vehicle.
At the end of the parade, Santa will be at the Community Center to greet children and hand out treats. Free refreshments will also be served.
For more information about the Seligman Christmas Parade, call 417-662-3600.
Wheaton will host its night-time Christmas parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday. 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. 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 about the Wheaton Christmas Parade, call Wheaton City Hall at 417-652-3314.