• Daily Leader staff report
The number of people signing up to provide entertainment at this year’s Christmas Parade has increased to an all-time high – so much so that the starting time of the entertainment has been moved up to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
Kicking off the show this year will be Angela Wesley, who is scheduled to sing from 2 to 2:30, according to show host and director Janie Kitch.
“After Angela, we will have an hour of singing – a lot of them Christmas songs – from Jordan Urban, Briana King, Brittany Granger, Sydney Matthews and Jaqueline Clawson,” Kitch said.
Following those singers, the various age groups and teams from Dance Images will perform from 3:30 to 4:30.
“If anyone hasn’t seen these children dance – from the little tykes to the teenagers and all their wonderful costumes – they have missed some great entertainment,” Kitch said.
From 4:30 to 5, Smitty McIntire and Steve Leete are on the schedule – followed by Ashlee O’Dell at 5 p.m. Kitch will wrap up the show just prior to the parade start, which will begin rolling from Light Park at 5:30.
Immediately after the parade, when the Chrysler PT Cruiser pulls up to the stage at the Third Street Fountain, Leete will perform several songs while the judges decide on the parade float winners ($1,000 will be given away this year).
After the float winners are announced, the first entry will be selected from a box to see if they are in the crowd. If they are, they will get the keys to the Cruiser right then and there. People who have entered to win the car at all the various businesses must be present to win. They have three minutes to come forward in person to claim the car. If they are a no-show, another entry will be pulled from the box – and so on until a winner is chosen.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For those wanting to enter a float in this year’s Christmas Parade, look for entry forms in the High Plains Daily Leader. Fill it out and drop it off at the Daily Leader office at 218 S. Kansas Ave.
All food vendors that have signed up need to set up their booths by 2 p.m. to be available when the entertainment kicks off.