Communities turn out for more parades

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Spirit of Christmas On Saturday, the holiday float designed by the congregation of Prairie Hill Baptist Church earned first place in the Seligman Parade and second place in the Washburn Parade in the religious floats division.

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.

Washburn Christmas Parade

Southwest High School FCA earned the top prize in the religious float division at the eighth annual Washburn Christmas Parade on Saturday morning.

Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Creative float A creative float designed by Southwest High School FCA members took top honors at the Washburn and Seligman Christmas parades last weekend. The float, which featured a game of basketball between God and Satan, earned first place in the religious float division at the Washburn parade and second place in the same category at the Seligman event.

Other Washburn parade winners include: Prairie Hill Baptist Church, second place, religious division; Southwest High School FFA, first place, Cannonball, second place, and T Bucket, third place, non-religious division; People's Community Bank, first place, and Flag Spring Campground, second place, commercial division; Pepper and the Burnetts, first place, and Shannon Ginn, second place, horse division; Northwest Arkansas ATV Club, best decorated vehicles; Jerry Townsend, oldest vehicle; and Benny's Automotive, most unusual vehicle.

"As always, the Southwest Band and Flag Squad and cheerleaders lead the show," said Pete Rose, of the Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce. "Thanks to all that helped and a special thanks to the judges and the City of Washburn, and let's not forget Santa."

Seligman Christmas Parade

Seligman Christmas Parade attendees enjoyed a long line of festive holiday entries on Saturday afternoon. Santa was available after the parade to hand out treats to children in attendance.

Seligman Christmas Parade winners were: Prairie Hill Baptist Church, first place, and Southwest High School FCA, second place, religious floats; Southwest High School FFA, first place, People's Community Bank, second place, and Kristin Callison, third place, non-religious floats; Southwest High School band, first place, Southwest flag team, second place, and Southwest cheerleaders, third place, marching units; Round up Cowboy, first place, animal unit; Cassville Cruisers, first place, antique vehicles; and Northwest Arkansas ATV Club, first place, best motorcycle or off-road group.

Wheaton Christmas Parade

Cassville United Methodist Church earned first place in the religious floats division at Wheaton's annual nighttime Christmas parade on Saturday. After the parade, families enjoyed chili, hot chocolate and treats in the city park.

Other Wheaton Christmas Parade winners were: Wheaton High School band, first place, marching band; GNA Technologies, first place, Wheaton Street Machines, second place, and Southwest High School FFA, third place, non-religious floats; Wheaton First Baptist Church, second place, Southwest FCA, third place, religious floats.

Jack Brock, 1972 Chevrolet, first place, John Embry, 1967 Ford Fairlane, second place, and Tom Leverich, 1971 Mach 1, third place, antique cars and trucks; Wheaton Street Machines, first place, VooDoo Trucking, second place, and Sarah Foster, third place, modern cars and trucks.

Ferman Prewitt, Christmas train, first place, SOS, second place, and Tate and Kindria Brown Farms, third place, miscellaneous entries; and Eli Chappius, airplane pony, first place, Sun Rose Trail Ride, horse and wagon, second place, and Lynette Simon, Christmas angel, third place, horses, wagons and buggies.

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