GREENBRIER — "Christmas at The Deer Camp" will be the theme of the 2010 Greenbrier Christmas Parade.  The 15th annual parade will step off at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11. This is also when Santa Claus traditionally rides into Greenbrier atop one of the town’s big red fire engines. Police cars, horses and buggies, tractors, motorcycles, and brass instruments are also being prepared for the event. The Greenbrier High School marching band will make an fine appearance too, along with the cheerleaders and a national color guard.  

Greenbrier Lions Club sponsors the parade and is encouraging all to enter early — especially those decorating floats.  Entry forms must be in by Dec. 3, in order to be eligible for monetary prizes and ribbons or trophies in the different categories. The contestants will be judged 1-2 p.m. Any group or organization may enter with their name clearly identified on the float.  This year parade officials are not allowing any items such as candy or trinkets to be thrown from any moving entry. Although there is no entry fee, a donation of candy or goodies to pass out to everyone along the parade route is encouraged.  Contact Christopher Rister at Christopher@risterinsurance.com or 501-581-0160 to enter.

After the success of last year’s Chili Cook-off, the Lions Club has decided to make it even bigger. Prior to the parade starting, the chili contestants will have their prize recipes available for tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Lions Club will charge a nominal price for the chili and drinks as a fundraiser for the club — the only cost for this whole event.  The chili will be prepared at home this year and entered and cooked by 9 a.m. at City Hall. Enter by calling Christopher Rister. Winners will also be announced at the parade for prizes.

The other person who holds top billing in the eyes of all youngsters is Santa Claus. He will ride into Greenbrier atop a fire engine at the end of the parade.  Garth "Jeep" Martin, another Lion Club member and champion hog caller in his other life, has donned the red suit for many years and wears his garb well. Santa will meet with any and all youngsters in City Hall afterward for photos and to hear their special wishes.

Last year, even rain did not stop the parade; so this year’s event promises to be extra special with good weather. Line-up will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in The Sagebrush Subdivision by Eastside Elementary school. The parade route will go along Wilson Farm Road, to Business Park Drive, to Lois Lane, then back to Wilson Farm Road. Bathrooms will be open at the library and City Hall at 1 p.m.