Christmas parade on tap this weekend

In just two weeks, Santa Claus will be coming to town to bring toys and gifts, but before then Santa will pay a special visit to Vernon at the annual Lighted Christmas Parade.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be among the colorful array of floats and other entries that will make up this year’s 14th annual parade sponsored by the Christmas Parade Committee. The parade will begin at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 12 following the rodeo parade route through town.

Some 10 entries have registered thus far, according to Treva Tucker, committee treasurer, and there is still plenty of room for more.

Registration for entries are still being taken. For an application and other information, contact Treva Tucker at Blessing Antiques, 1727 Fannin or calling 940-553-3766.

There is no entry fee to enter the parade, and entries may include floats, cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, horse and carriage, golf carts, bands and others. Each entry must have some form of lighting and a completed application form.

Theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas,” and first and second place prizes will include: floats, first place, $300; second place, $200; best decorated vehicle, first, $100, second $50; golf cart, ATV/razor, first $100, second $50; motorcycle, tractor, semi-trucks, horse carriage, first $100, second, $50.

Each entry will be judged on originality, effort, appearance overall, rules followed and lighting.

For safety reasons and city ordinance, no candy, gum, water balloons, water guns or any type of guns, toys, flyers, or promotional items can be thrown from any entry in the parade.

Entries are asked to line up by 5 p.m. on the corner of Fannin and Maiden near Sumner-Colley.

The Lighted Christmas Parade Committee, a group of local residents, has sponsored the parade since 2006. Officers include Bubba Rich, president; Martha Gryseels, secretary, and Treva Tucker, treasurer.

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