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Nearly 40 entries at annual Hornersville Christmas Parade

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Staff photo by Lecia Forester The annual Hornersville Christmas Parade served up around 40 holiday-themed entries, such as "The Heart of Christmas," pictured above.
HORNERSVILLE, Mo.- Despite the threat of rain, crowds of people showed up for the 4th Annual Christmas Parade, hoping to catch their first glimpse of Santa.

The City of Hornersville hosted its annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

This year, the weather was a little warmer so streets in the small town were jam packed with people, most likely trying to pick up all the candy that was being thrown into the crowds.

According to city officials, there were around 35-40 entries at last count.

To start off the parade, police cars and fire vehicles headed down Main Street with sirens sounding and lights flashing, much to the delight of the younger crowd.

Entrants included fire and police officials from the surrounding communities as well as the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Among the floats entered into the parade included Johnson's Chapel from Octa, Mo., Buckdonic Church from Cardwell, Mo., Bails and Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center from Kennett, Faith Baptist Church and Sandy's Daycare from Senath, Mo., and Hornersville Baptist Church. Other entries also included various decorated golf carts, the Hornersville Fire Pup, horses, and the jolly "ole" man himself, Santa Claus as well as State Representative Kent Hampton.

Prize money was awarded as follows:

* First place- $150 was awarded to Hornersville Baptist Church for their entry,"God's Greatest Gift."

* Second place-$100 was awarded to Johnson's Chapel, "The Heart of Christmas."

* Third place-$50 was awarded to TRRMC for "Santa says our care is great."

In the new category, a decorated side by side four wheeler, the $50 prize money was awarded to Sara Lane, owner of Take 2 Boutique in Senath, Mo.

The Chili Supper that was hosted by the Hornersville Volunteer Fire Department at the Community building proved to be a big success as well. According to Eulane Young, coordinator of this year's parade fire officials termed it a big success, adding that the department doubled their revenue from last year's chili supper.

Regarding the success of the parade, officials noted, "They kept coming in and coming in on us. It was great. We were just thrilled to death."

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