Community members enjoyed Christmas parades in Washburn, Seligman and Wheaton last weekend. Each event offered a variety of decorated units, festive vehicles and spirited marching groups.
Cassville Cruisers received the best decorated award in the vehicle division at the Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas parade on Saturday morning.
Other Washburn parade winners included: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, first place, religious division; Cannon Ball Express, first place, Southwest FFA, second place, and AAA Trophies, third place, non-religious division; Jimmy's Pre-Owned, first place, Cox, second place, and Barry Electric, third place, commercial division; Flag Springs Campground, first place, and Lazy H, second place, horse division; 1930 Ford Townsend, oldest vehicle; and Benny's Automotive, most unusual vehicle.
"The Southwest Band stole the show with the help of the flag team and cheer squad," said Pete Rose, Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce president. "We would like to say thanks to our Santa, Jim Dejarnatt, the Washburn Rural Fire Department and our judges, John Tiedeman and Bob Walker."
Seligman Christmas Parade attendees enjoyed hot cocoa, cookies and over a dozen festive floats on Saturday afternoon. Santa was available after the parade to hand out treats to children in attendance.
Seligman Christmas Parade winners were: Mozark Fellowship, first place, Yvonne Payne, second place, and Mt. Zion Baptist Church, third place, religious floats; Southwest FFA, first place, Seligman Super Stop, second place, and Barry County Mounted Search and Rescue, third place, secular floats; Southwest Band, first place, Southwest cheerleaders, second place, and Southwest flag team, third place, marching units; James Townsend, best animal unit; Buddy Tate, best antique vehicle; Jimmy's Pre-Owned, best non-antique vehicle; and AAA Trophy, best off-road vehicle.
The City of Seligman also announced its Christmas lighting contest winners after the parade. They included: Gerald Harling, first place; Jim Lovett, second place; Angie and Ron Corn, third place; and Donna Laurent, fourth place.
Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church earned first place at Wheaton's annual nighttime Christmas parade on Saturday. After the parade, families enjoyed chili, hot chocolate and treats at the city park with Santa Claus.
Other Wheaton Christmas Parade winners included: Ridgley Baptist Church, second place, and Jones Chapel Free Will Baptist, third place, religious floats; Jimmy's Pre-Owned, first place, Son Rise Trail Riders, second place, and Southwest FFA, third place, non-religious floats; Southwest Band, first place, Purdy Band, second place, and Southwest flag team, third place, marching units; Jack Brock, 1972 Chevy truck, first place, Tom Leverich, 1969 Chevy truck, second place, and John Embry, 1967 Ford Fairlane 500, third place, cars and trucks division; Kirstyn Harris ATV, first place, Brandon Clemons ATVs, second place, and Barry County Search and Rescue, third place, miscellaneous entries; and Back to Nature, first place, Edger Schreiner, second place, and Jackie Ross, third place, horses, wagons and buggies.
L&S Foods provided the hotdogs and chili for the event, and the Masonic Lodge sponsored the photos with Santa. Wheaton FFA students helped serve food to those who attended the event.