Cassville's Christmas Parade set for Friday
By Melonie Roberts
Inclement weather may have hampered the original schedule of this year's Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Parade, but event organizers took a deep breath and pushed the date back nearly two weeks, to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20.
With the schedule change comes a few changes in the parade line-up, as well.
"We've had a few cancellations and a few that have not let us know if the plan to participate," said Mindi Artherton, director of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce. "But we have a pretty good line-up and, weather permitting, we'll have a really good parade."
A tentative parade line-up follows:
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly will kick off this year's event, followed by entries from the American Legion, the Cassville Fire Department, Mayor Bill Shiveley, and Cox Ambulance.
The next group of entries include entries from Barry Electric, Cassville Mighty Mite Superbowl Champions, Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas, Cassville soccer team, Southwest High School FCA, Cassville FFA, Les Jacobs Ford and the Cassville High School cheerleaders.
Next in the line-up is Exeter's Miss Merry Christmas, the Farmer's Club tractor, a float from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kim Patrick, the Butterfield Fire Department, Meeks Lumber, and the Cassville Cruisers.
The Crowder College float is slated next, followed by a bus from the Cassville YMCA, a float from Prairie Hill Baptist Church and Mike Cornelison in a 1956 stock car.
Next on the schedule is members of Southwest FFA and the Jenkins Fire Protection District, Cassville United Methodist Church, Southwest Color Guard, Southwest Marching Band, and People's Community Bank.
Other entries include Twister Alley Go-Karts, Cassville Bowl, Exeter Fire Department, Rebel Recycling, AAA Trophy/Hilary Construction/King Farm four-wheelers, Miss Texas County, Eddie Davison, Alfred Painter, Schreiner Welding, Triple E Farms, Mike Coones, Back with Nature, Smith Cattle Company and Stacy White.
Rounding out this year's parade will be Old St. Nick, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.