The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Halloween Costume Parade will begin at the chamber office parking lot, located at 504 Main St., at 4 p.m. on Oct. 31. The first 1,000 children who complete the parade will receive a bag of treats at the conclusion of the event.
"We are excited about the Halloween Parade," said Gary Whyte, chamber president. "I think the new changes with the candy at the end of the parade will make things go smoother and safer for all the little ones showing off their costumes."
Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr will lead the parade. Costume parade participants must be under the age of 12, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
The parade will leave the chamber parking lot, travel around the downtown square and end on West Street in front of the Cassville First Baptist Church. Due to safety concerns, children will not cross Main Street and will not stop at each business along the way.
The Cassville Rotary Club will hold a costume contest during the parade. Rotary members will award 20 $5 prizes to contest winners. Rotarians traditionally look for original and homemade costumes.
The Halloween Costume Parade will be sponsored by the following businesses: Angel and Company CPAs and PC; Barry County Abstract and Title; Barry Electric; the Cassville Democrat; Cassville Friends of the Library; Cassville Health Care and Rehab; Cassville YMCA; the City of Cassville; Commerce Bank; Dr. Dale Assing; Ellis, Cupps and Cole; the First Baptist Church Family Life Center; First State Bank; Forever Yours Embroidery; Freedom Bank; Gussied Up Boutique.
Herrin Animal Hospital; Jim LeCompte, attorney; John Lewright, attorney; Promised Land Zoo; Sater Pharmacy; Security Abstract and Title; Security Bank; State Farm Insurance; Subway; The BBQ Station; Tom Cardin, attorney; Tomblin's Jewelry and Gifts; Towneley Furnishings; Westco Home Furnishing; Whitley Pharmacy; and Willis Insurance.
"We greatly appreciate the support of our sponsoring businesses that are making this event possible," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "We recognize this event is a significant expense to our business community, and we appreciate their continued support. Without the support of our sponsors, this event would not exist."
For more information on the Halloween Parade, call the chamber at 847-2814.