Parades draw crowds to Exeter, Cassville
Sunny skies and record temperatures drew hundreds of Barry County residents to holiday parades in Exeter and Cassville on Dec. 1.
"I was amazed at the community support we had this year for the parade," said Mindi Artherton, Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce director. "The floats and parade entries looked so good.
"I realize it takes a lot of time and money to put together an entry, and I cannot thank those who entered enough," continued Artherton. "I know our community members loved it. Main Street was packed with parade watchers."
The chamber sponsors Cassville's annual Christmas Parade. This year, the chamber awarded five first place prizes and three special awards to the top entries.
Winners included: Prairie Hill Baptist Church, first place, religious division; Ozark Mountain Motorcycle Club, first place, non-religious division; Mercy Clinic Cassville, first place, commercial division; Southwest High School, first place, marching band; and Schreiner's Welding, first place, horse division.
Larry Averman received the best decorated vehicle award with his 1964 Volkswagen dune buggy. Eddie Davison's 1913 Tital Tractor earned the oldest vehicle award, and Mike Cornelison's 1956 Ford race car was awarded the most unusual vehicle award.
Exeter Christmas Parade winners
The warm weather even inspired several parade goers to turn out in shorts for the Exeter Christmas Parade on Saturday afternoon. The City of Exeter, which sponsors the annual award, selected the People's Community Bank float as the City's Choice winner.
Other awards were as follows: Southwest FFA, first place, and Exeter FFA, second place, school floats division; Prairie Hill Baptist Church, first place, and New Hope Baptist Church, second place, religious floats division; Exeter Trailblazers, first place, and People's Community Bank, second place, non-religious floats division; Southwest School, first place, musical bands; Southwest flag team, first place, and Southwest cheerleaders, second place, non-musical bands.
Ross girls, first place, and Troy Lowe, second place, oldest vehicle; Ron Patrick, first place, and Chris and Sarah Taylor, second place, best decorated vehicle; Bud Lowe, first place, and Mike Lowe, second place, most unusual vehicle; Eddie Davison, first place, and Donnie Cooper, second place, antique tractors; Back With Nature, first place, and Bailey and Meagan Lyons, second place, best presentation, horses; and Back with Nature, first place, and Shreiner's Welding, second place, best of show, horses.