Parades spread Christmas cheer
Community members braved cold, windy weather to attend Christmas parades in Washburn, Seligman and Wheaton on Saturday. Each event offered a variety of decorated units and an opportunity for area children to visit with Santa.
Washburn Christmas parade
The Washburn Concerned Citizens Group took first place in the non-religious float division at the Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas parade.
Other Washburn parade winners included: religious floats, Washburn First Baptist Church, first place; non-religious floats, Southwest cheerleaders and Southwest FFA, tied for second place; commercial floats, Barry Electric, first place, and Cox Ambulance, second place; horses, Rose Enterprises; marching bands, Southwest High School band; flag corps, Southwest High School flag corp; best decorated vehicle, Mitchell's Prowler; oldest vehicle, the Pendergrafts; and most unusual vehicle, Ross truck.
Seligman Christmas parade
After enjoying a promenade of over a dozen holiday floats, Seligman Christmas parade attendees enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies at the city's community building. Children who attended the festivities had the opportunity to visit with Santa and receive Christmas treats.
Seligman Christmas parade winners were: religious floats, Yvonne Payne, first place, and Mozark Fellowship, second place; non-religious floats, Southwest FFA, first place, Washburn Concerned Citizens Group, second place, and Seligman Super Stop, third place; marching units, Southwest High School band and flag team, first place; Southwest Middle School cheerleaders, second place, and Southwest High School drum majorette, third place; best animal unit, Trail of Tears, first place; best antique vehicle, Seligman Super Stop, first place; best non-antique vehicle, North Pole Police, first place; and best motorcycle or off-road vehicle, Northwest Arkansas ATV Riding Club, first place.
The City of Seligman also announced the winners of its first annual Christmas lighting contest after the parade. Angie and Ron Corn won first place and earned a $150 prize.
Other winners included: Jim Lovett, second place, $75; Jennifer and Gerald Harling, third place, $50; and KE Haynes, Sharon and Buddy Tate, Marty and Shelly Wallace, Carla and Rodger Garner, and Shirley and Terry Corn, honorable mentions.
Wheaton Christmas parade
Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church took top honors in the religious floats division at Wheaton's annual night-time Christmas parade on Saturday.
The following parade entries were also recognized after the Wheaton Christmas parade: religious floats, Solid Rock Baptist Church, second place, and Prosperity Baptist Church, third place; non-religious floats, Southwest FFA, first place, Wheaton Historical Society, second place, and Gerri's Discount Store, third place; marching bands, Southwest High School, first place, Purdy High School, second place, and Wheaton High School, third place; cars and trucks, John Embry 1967 Ford Fairlane 500, first place, and Jimmy's Preowned Vehicles, second place; horses and buggies, Schreiner Welding, first place, and Suri Alpacas, second place; miscellaneous entries, Bryce and Braden England, first place, Neosho Power Sports, second place, and Barry County Search and Rescue, third place.