The Museum of Veterans and Military History will be holding a soup supper and auction in the Vilonia High School cafeteria beginning at 5 p.m., Dec. 7.
The event is the perfect location for parade goers to have a meal either before or afterwards. Those waiting on the Vilonia Christmas parade to wind through the city can warm up with a bowl of homemade soup, cornbread muffins, homemade desserts, tea and coffee for $5.
"It’s all going to be really good," said Lynette Edwards, who is helping to coordinate the event. "Homemade. There’s going to be several types of soup, gumbo and homemade dumplings. You will definitely get your money’s worth. And, this is all for a good cause."
Or, there will be plenty left for those who want to wait until afterward to eat and to attend the live auction which will begin at about 6:30 p.m. and which will offer more than 100 items.
Early bird shoppers can come in and begin the silent bidding at 9 a.m.
Also, there is an added twist allowing even the youngsters to get in on the fun. Envelopes may be purchased for $5 providing chances at taking home about 100 items that will not be in the live auction.
In addition, chances on a "Duck Dynasty" trip for two people, are being sold for $20 each. Only 100 tickets will be sold. The overnight trip, booked with Little Rock Tours, provides transportation, hotel and a couple of meals with the winners leaving Dec. 14.
The theme for this year’s Christmas parade is "I’ll be Home for Christmas."
The parade will follow the same route as last year. It will begin at the city park and travel on Highway 64, through the downtown area, to the Vilonia High School parking lot. Floats will be lit up reflecting the theme. And, the one and only Santa Claus will be ushered in on the fire truck.
Dr. Frank Mitchell, superintendent of the Vilonia School District, will serve as the grand marshal. The announcer’s grandstand will be located in the front of Vilonia Realty in the downtown area.
The city will provide awards in various categories as well as an overall award with the winners chosen by out of town judges. Horses and four-wheelers will not be permitted.
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 to pose with children. 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.
For those planning on being in the parade, floats and other entries have to be at the park by 4:45 p.m., said police chief Brad McNew The road to the park, he said, will be shut down for safety reasons at that time. Those wishing to walk in to the park may do so by traveling Industrial Drive, parking in the vicinity of Vilonia Water Department. However, driving in to the park has no access from the Industrial Drive location.