Christmas parades draw big crowds

Thursday, December 11, 2008
First Free Will Baptist Church's river boat-inspired float won first place in the religious division at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas parade on Dec. 6. The annual night-time parade attracted hundreds of Barry Countians to downtown Cassville on Saturday evening. Democrat Photo

On Saturday, hundreds of Barry County residents gathered in Exeter and Cassville for holiday parades that ushered in the Christmas season. Families braved cold, windy weather to crowd downtown streets for the annual events.

"The Exeter Christmas parade and dinner were a great success," said Flo Ennis, Exeter Christmas parade chairman. "With 108 entries, line-up went smooth and fast. This year's grand marshal was Gene Robbins. He led the parade in a red Mustang convertible from Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury."

Exeter parade winners included: best presentation horses, Back with Nature, first place, and Allen Walker, second place; best of show horses, Allen Ackley, first place, and Louella Ackley, second place; musical groups, Southwest High School band, first place, and Southwest High School flag team, second place; non-musical groups, Exeter High School cheerleaders, first place; oldest vehicles, Jim Fohn, 1929 Model A, first place, and Ronnie Kimbrough, second place; best decorated vehicles, Hilsden Mosley, first place, and Nick Caddel, second place; most unusual vehicles, Red Hatters, first place, and England's four-wheelers, second place; antique tractors, Chase Higgs, 1937 John Deere, first place; classic tractors, Harry Stephens, first place; religious floats, Calvary Baptist Church, first place, and Ridgley Baptist Church, second place; non-religious floats, Butterfield Fire Protection District, first place, and Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce, second place; and city choice, Hilsden Mosley.

"Santa landed just in time to catch a ride on the Exeter fire truck driven by Fire Chief Jim Matthew," said Ennis. "After going through town, he came back to hand out treats to all the kids at the Exeter Lions Club building. We want to give a big thank you to all the entries and Santa for a successful parade."

Although temperatures dropped on Saturday night, holiday spirit drew area residents outside again for the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas parade. A multitude of festive entries participated in the annual night-time event.

Cassville parade winners included: non-religious, Cassville High School FFA, first place, Girl Scout Troop #335, second place, and Butterfield Fire Protection District, third place; religious, First Free Will Baptist Church, first place, Blessing Heights, second place, and Mission Baptist, third place; commercial, Cassville Family YMCA, first place, and Tic Toc Karaoke, second place; most unusual vehicle, 1923 T-Bucket; oldest vehicle, John Lueckenhoff, 1926 Ford; best decorated vehicle, Northwest Arkansas Corvette Club; and horses, Back with Nature, Mark and Susan Moller, first place, and Dana Kammerlohr, second place.

Prizes can be picked up at the Cassville Chamber of Commerce office, which is located at 504 Main St. in Cassville.

For more information, call Amy White, chamber executive director, at 847-2814.

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