Lepanto has parade, plans other Christmas activities
Residents gathered in the pleasant but chilly weather Saturday night in Lepanto to participate in the 16th annual Christmas parade. Many area churches and businesses decorated floats to ride in the parade.
The "Santa's Workshop" float, decorated by the Revival Center and youth minister Will Pulley, won first place. The second place award went to the gingerbread house float constructed by Tommy and Bertha Ray of Monette. Calvary Baptist Church's float featuring Moses on Mt. Sinai won third place.
Grand marshals for the parade were four members of the 1123rd National Guard Transportation Company. Kendall Stovall, Ricky Griggs, Jimmy Burrow and Roger Hood were chosen because of their amazing sacrifice on behalf of their community and their nation.
Many other groups participated in the parade including Tammy Tyler and the Junior Girl Scout Troop #386 who dressed as reindeer and elves. The EPC Future Farmers of America and faculty advisor Josh Parks did an excellent job on their duck blind float.
Mrs. Joyce Barnes and the EPC Pre-kindergarten class rode in the parade wearing their festive Santa Claus hats. The Lepanto Wee Care float featured everyone's old Christmas favorite, the Grinch. Puppets even made an appearance on the float belonging to the First Baptist Church. The Sonic Cherry Limeaid on roller skates was a favorite also.
The EPC band added spunk to the parade which also featured a variety of antique and emergency vehicles. The Community Christmas Parade banner was carried by Sarah Hattle & Kirsten Holiman.
The master of ceremonies was Rick Harrell from Monette who has served in that position for several years.
The Community Christmas Committee, which is composed of Kaye Holiman, Kitty Bridges, Ann Deeds and Lillie Neal Smith, expressed special thanks to Arkansas State Police Sgt. Andrew Harris who has participated since the first parade.
Dale Slack and Buckie Fires provided the beautiful horses in the parade that were utilized by the friends of the library and Mary and Joseph (Casey Duffel & Marissa Holiman).
The Christmas Committee would like to especially thank the Cozy Nook, Etta's Fashions and Angela's Floral Gallery for all their help with the parade.
With the parade a success, the Christmas Committee is reminding residents to purchase an ornament on the memorial Christmas tree.
Other exciting plans include the merchants and homeowners decorating contest to be held on Thursday, Dec. 16. Participates are asked to turn lights on around 5 p.m. and leave them lit until 10 p.m. for judging. Winners will be announced in a future edition of the Tri-City Tribune.