Carroll County Christmas: Annual parades scheduled for 1st weekend of December

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner, and Carroll County will kick off the Christmas season with a trio of parades the first weekend in December.

Berryville

The annual Berryville Christmas Parade will have a cinematic spin this year.

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and will follow the usual route from Danny’s Tire and Service to Price Cutter. This year’s theme is Christmas movies, offering many different avenues for anyone planning a float or interested in decorating their vehicle.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the following seven categories:

• Best All Around Float

• Best Church or Nonprofit Float

• Best Corporate Float

• Best Decorated Automobile

• Best Decorated Bike, Motorcycle or ATV

• Best Equestrian

• Best Pedestrian Group

Preregistration is encouraged. Registration forms are online at BCC.Berryville.com or at the Berryville Community Center. They should be returned to the Berryville Community Center before Dec. 2.

For more information, contact Deneen Foster at the Berryville Community Center at 870-423-3139.

Eureka Springs

The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in downtown Eureka Springs. The grand marshal of the parade

is Chuck Dovish, producer and host of the PBS program Exploring Arkansas. Dovish has been exploring Arkansas for more than 40 years, illuminating the culture and heritage of the state.

The theme of the parade is Peace on Earth. Paul Miller, president of the chamber, said he’s looking forward to seeing the community come together at the parade.

“That’s the whole idea. We’re just trying to promote a nice, peaceful, tranquil kind of thing,” Miller said. “Hopefully, people will really buy into that. I hope we have great weather, a great turnout and great participation from the community.”

Jessica Wheeless, event coordinator for the chamber, said the parade will feature all kinds of performances.

“They like to stop in Basin Park and do a short bit of performance,” Wheeless said.

The deadline to enter a float in the parade is Wednesday, Nov. 22. You can also enter the parade as an individual, walking group, horse-rider or car-rider. All entries are meant to celebrate the holiday season, and the chamber suggests participants place lights on their entries.

KESA will be broadcasting the parade as it happens, and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce will broadcast the parade live on its Facebook page. Wheeless said the chamber is accepting help from volunteers to make the parade a success.

“It does take a lot of people to put on the Christmas parade,” Wheeless said. “Our volunteers along the parade route always have the best seats to the parade, because they’re right there volunteering with us.”

In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Friday, Dec. 8. For more information, visit www.EurekaSpringsChamber.com or call 479-253-8737.

Green Forest

The Green Forest Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to explore the wonders of living in the city through this year’s Christmas Parade theme, “It’s a Wonderful Life… in Green Forest.”

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in front of the Old Gym. Those participating in the parade need to be present at 9 a.m. in one of the three lanes, and Chamber volunteers will let them know when it’s their turn to take off marching.

Santa Claus will be at the very end of the parade, so all parade participants are asked not to wear Santa suits.

For more information, call Ross Darby at 501-554-5846.

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