It will be bright lights, cameras and action both during and after the Vilonia Christmas parade to be held Saturday.
The theme of the parade is "Spirits High, Lights Bright" and it will begin at 5 p.m. and there are more than 40 entries, said Jill Bonnema of the Vilonia Area Chamber of Commerce.
"I’m very pleased with the lineup," said Jim King, parade committee chairman.
The participants range from the Color Guard of Camp Robinson to the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Association and the Vilonia Car Club. Floats include churches and choirs and the Vilonia Animal Clinic with animals and the Museum Veterans and Military History float with a historical setting. There are bands and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and 4-H Club members. As well, there will be business floats, beauty pageant winners and politicians. Santa will have a special ride on the last parade entry.
Compliments of the Vilonia Fire Department and Mike Harwood of MLC Photography, Santa Claus will sprint from the Christmas parade to the high school cafeteria where he will be available for photos. Harwood will take complimentary photos and process them on site at no charge, allowing parents to walk away with a memory. As well, parents will be allowed to take photographs and do their own processing.
The festivities will not end with the parade. The Museum of Veterans and Military History Brigade is sponsoring a Soup Supper and Festival of Trees fundraiser to go toward establishing a museum in Vilonia. The event, which will be held at the high school cafeteria following the parade, offers a bowl of homemade soup, cornbread muffins, crackers, cookies and tea or coffee for $6, Tickets are being sold now. A silent auction and live auction includes decorated Christmas trees and other gift items. Entertainment, including the Primary Melodies and Zack Swain, will also be offered.
Those wishing to attend will have prime spots at any of the shopping centers, said Chief Brad McNew of the Vilonia Police Dept. The route will be from the city park to the high school parking lot. Parade entries are asked to be signed in no later than 4:30 p.m.