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Hornersville Christmas parade to be held this weekend

Thursday, December 6, 2012

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File photo Third place with an award of $100 went to Johnson's Chapel from Octa, Mo., with their float entitled, "O' Holy Night."
HORNERSVILLE, Mo.- There's nothing like a good parade to get one in the Christmas spirit and for those interested in this sort of activity, the City of Hornersville will be the place to be this coming Saturday.

The parade is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, and will proceed from George Street through downtown Hornersville to the Little River Gin.

According to parade officials, estimated entries are around 21 so far. Included in the festive line-up this year are police cars, floats from area churches, many of the local residents, horses and of course, Santa at the end of the parade being driven by a horse and buggy.

When asked if Santa planned on visiting with the children at the end of the parade, Elaine Young, coordinator for this year's parade, explained that Santa wouldn't be able to visit this time but would be coming back to town at 10 a.m., on Dec. 22, to meet with the children at the Community Center. He will be arriving via fire truck and according to parade officials, during his visit there will be a drawing for toys.

As in previous years, the Hornersville Fire Department will sponsor a chili supper before and after the parade. Prices for adults is $6 and $3 for children.

Prize money in the float division will be as follows:

* First Place- $150;

* Second Place- $100;

* Third Place- $50.

A new category this year will be a $50 award given to the best decorated side by side four wheeler.

The parade has been a part of the city's history since 2008 when Keith Cole, a resident of the small farming community, took pride in his city and displayed a desire in 2008 to give back to the townspeople that make Hornersville such a great place to live. Cole looked to the town's rich history of celebrations, and although he could recall the city hosting other community events throughout the years, he did not recall anything such as a parade taking place around the holidays. In the spirit of Christmas, Cole single-handedly, started developing a plan, which was supported by the city, to host the First Annual Hornersville Christmas Parade. He began cold-calling city officials, schools, businesses, non-profit and civic organizations, among other groups, making his pitch and garnering their support. His volunteer efforts resulted in a receptive response by all. In its first year, the parade featured more than 30 entries and nine floats.

Cole's efforts to make the parade such a success were heavily supported by the community's volunteer Fire Department, which helps out each year with organizational tasks, such as marshaling the line-up.

Besides the Christmas parade and Santa's arrival, the city also hosts an annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony where neighbors can gather, visit and enjoy the magic of the season.

If anyone is interested in participating in the parade, it's not too late to get on the list. Young noted that late-comers are welcome.

For more information, contact city hall at (573) 737-2616.

* Some information for this article was sourced from a previous Daily Dunklin Democrat article.



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