ALTON -- The Alton and Thayer Christmas parades will be held Dec. 1.
This year the Alton Culture Club is asking those planning to attend the Alton Little Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas Pageant to bring a can of non perishable food as admission to the event.
The Alton Food Pantry is in critical need of food to help feed the disadvantaged in the Alton area.
Activities will begin at 9 a.m. at the Alton High School gym when the Alton Victory Freewill Baptist Church Youth Group will begin the entertainment. At 9:45 a.m. the Alton Elementary Choral Group will perform Christmas Carols.
According to Barbara Rickert, the pageant will start at 10 a.m.
Alton Culture Club President Tammy Curtis will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
Rickert said each child entered in the pageant will be presented candy and a stuffed stocking and balloon.
After the crowning of the new king and queen, all candidates will board a float and will ride in the Alton Christmas Parade. Parade line-up will be at 10 a.m. at the high school with the parade starting at 11 a.m. The theme for this year's parade is Christmas Blessings.
The Alton VFW Post 1014 will provide the color guard for the parade. Candidates for the Alton pageant are pictured on page 7A.
The Thayer Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m. in downtown Thayer. The parade is sponsored by the Thayer Area Chamber of Commerce. The theme for the parade is Christmas is Believing.
The parade will start at the high school and end on Chestnut Street. All floats will be judged and cash prizes will be awarded.
For more information call the chamber at 417-264-7324.
The Christmas candidates have been selected and their pictures and voting places appear in this week's South Missourian News on page 7A.
The voting boxes will be in the stores starting Nov. 20 and will be picked up at 4 p.m. Nov. 30.
The Thayer Alumni Association will sponsor the crowning of the king and queen. The money raised from the voting boxes will go to fund a $250 savings bond given away at the end of the school year to a sixth grade student, $500 to a graduating senor and $150 will go to the prom lock-in.
In addition to the Christmas Parade, the chamber will be sponsoring a home lighting decorating contest. It will be judged Dec. 19. Those interested in entering their home in the contest should contact the chamber office by Dec. 17 at noon and will need to provide their name, address and phone number.