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Christmas activities set

Three Crawford County cities will hold Christmas parades Saturday to go along with a multitude of other holidays events, many rescheduled after last weekend’s snow storm.

Dyer, Mulberry and Van Buren parades will be held Saturday.

Dyer’s will begin at 11 a.m., and all floats and groups are encouraged to attend.

Line up for the parade will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Dyer Community Building, and the parade will travel along Washington Street to Line Street, down Main Street and circling back to the starting point.

Prizes will be given to the first, second and third place floats.

Mulberry’s Christmas parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the city complex and travel up Main Street to Kirksey Park. Line up will be at 12:30 and all floats and groups are encouraged to join.

Donna Young will be the grand marshal for the Van Buren Christmas parade. Young is a certified financial planner, president of Delta Investment Management and Financial Center Inc. and an active volunteer in the community.

The Van Buren Christmas parade, sponsored by The Old Town Merchants Association, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 14th and Main streets and continue downtown where it will end at the Crawford County Courthouse.

Parade entries should be in the staging area by 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Special guest of the merchants association will be Santa Claus, who will distribute candy to the children as the parade progresses down Main Street.

No other Santa Claus entries or horses will be allowed in the parade. All beauty queens and pageant royalty are welcome but must furnish their own vehicles.

TOTMA is asking all floats be lighted.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place floats and first place winner for 4A and 3A school bands and first place winner for 2A and 1A school bands. The first place float winner will receive the Art Parks Award to display for the coming year.

Mountainburg will have its Christmas parade at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 with line-up at 10:30 a.m. at the old truck stop. The route will end at Mountainburg Elementary School. Trophies will be awarded for best float and other categories.

Santa will arrive at the end of the parade and kids can get their picture taken with him, and a Christmas party also will be held at the school after the parade to hand out gifts to local children.

Alma’s Christmas parade set for Dec. 6 was canceled by inclement weather and will not be rescheduled.

A Polar Plunge has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Bluff Hole in Mulberry to raise money for Mulberry Shop With a Cop.

A bake sale and “turkey” skeet shoot that were going to be held in conjunction with the plunge have been reset as well, with the bake sale to be held during the city’s Christmas parade at 1 p.m. Saturday and the skeet shoot to be rescheduled at a later date.

Proceeds from all three events go to provide Christmas for needy area children.

Comprehensive Juvenile Services Christmas luncheon and bake sale has been rescheduled for Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A lunch of chili or beef stew with salad, cornbread or crackers and a drink will be available for $7, and can also be delivered.

Though the luncheon is being held at the Fort Smith office, proceeds from the luncheon and bake sale will go to help needy Crawford County families.

Two performances of the musical “Two from Galilee” depicting the story of the biblical couple Mary and Joseph have been rescheduled at First Baptist Church in Van Buren.

Each performance will be in the Worship Center of the church at 945 Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m Sunday, Dec. 15; and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.

Seating is free and tickets are not required.

Earthen Vessels Drama performances of “A Christmas Carol” at King Opera House in Van Buren have been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The family-friendly production features a cast of 40 area children and adults and is the latest project of Earthen Vessels, which is the theatrical ministry of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Rudy.

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