Christmas is less than seven weeks away, and area communities are preparing to spread holiday cheer with annual parades and other events.
Cassville Christmas Parade
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual night-time Christmas parade at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in participating in the parade must register by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. Entry forms can be obtained online at www.cassville.com or by calling the chamber office at 847-2814. There is no fee to enter the parade.
Prizes will be awarded in religious, non-religious, commercial, horse-drawn and marching band divisions. There will also be special awards for single-unit vehicles.
Parade entries must begin lining up at Cassville High School at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. Each entry will be allowed no more than three minutes in front of the judges.
The chamber's annual Christmas Lighting Display Contest will also begin on Dec. 3. Participants are encouraged to keep their holiday lights on until at least 10 p.m. each night through Saturday, Dec. 10.
A panel of secret judges will decide this year's lighting contest winners. First, second and third place and honorable mention prizes will be awarded. Winners will be presented with plaques at the December chamber meeting.
Exeter Christmas Parade
The Exeter Christmas Parade will also be held on Dec. 3. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
There is no cost to enter the Exeter Christmas Parade.
For more information or to register for the parade, call the Exeter City Hall at 835-2823.
The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce will host its fifth annual Christmas Parade in downtown Washburn at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
The following cash prizes will be presented to the top parade entries: religious and non-religious floats, $50, first place, $25, second place, and $10, third place; and commercial floats and horse entries, $50, first place, and $25, second place.
Trophies will be given to the first and second place marching bands and flag corps and the best decorated, oldest and most unusual vehicles.
Parade registration forms can be obtained at many Washburn businesses or by calling 826-4008 or 826-1200. The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 9.
Seligman Christmas Parade
The Seligman Christmas parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. Entry forms are available at the Seligman City Hall.
Over $600 in prize money will be given away during the event. Prize categories include: religious floats; non-religious floats; marching units; best animal unit; best antique vehicle; best non-antique vehicle; and best motorcycle or off road vehicle.
Santa will distribute treat bags to area children at the Seligman Community Center after the parade.
For more information, call the Seligman City Hall at 417-662-3600.
Wheaton Christmas Parade
The City of Wheaton's annual night-time Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
The parade traditionally attracts several dozen entries. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: religious floats, non-religious floats; cars and trucks; tractors, antique automobile and modern vehicles; and miscellaneous entries.
Parade entries will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. Participants will line up at Gizmo's Event Center on Highway 86. The parade will proceed to Main Street and then travel east on Main Street to the Wheaton School.
Hotdogs, chili, hot chocolate and cookies will be offered in the Wheaton City Park after the parade. Santa will be available in the park to visit with area children after the parade. Treat bags will be distributed to youngsters in attendance.
For more information or to register a unit for the parade, call Marianne Witt, Wheaton city clerk, at 417-652-3314.