El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ready

The annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lighting Ceremony will be in Spring Park on Monday November 21st starting at 5pm. The Christmas Lighting Ceremony is a Chamber of Commerce tradition that spans many years, bringing joy to children of all ages. As dusk settles upon western Missouri the darkness of the eve gives way to the glow of holiday lights. There will be entertainment by El Dorado Springs School Choirs and Bands, Miss Merry Christmas will be crowned, and the Little Mr. & Miss Santa candidates will be introduced, courtesy of GFWC Generation 3. The Spring City Revitalization Group will host politicians grilling hotdogs. Plus Santa Claus will come straight from his workshop to make his first visit of the season to El Dorado Springs!

Businesses and organizations will fashion their finest floats, bands will march melodiously down Main, and Santa will shower salutations upon spectators. Join us Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 1pm for the 2016 Christmas Parade through downtown El Dorado Springs. The parade’s theme this year is “A Hollywood Christmas!” Committee chairman, Dr. Neil Linsenmeyer mentioned the theme encompasses many different ideas.  You can go with a traditional religious theme or cartoons like “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.” There are also classics like “Home Alone.” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” and many more.

There will be several divisions of floats again with lots of prize money up for grabs! Divisions include Youth Organizations, Business, Church, and Not for Profit or Civic Groups. The Chamber of Commerce also recognizes automotive clubs, ribbons for horse clubs and individual riders and even for children’s decorated bicycles. Santa will conclude “A Hollywood Christmas” Parade by visiting with children in Spring Park at the Lions Club Santa House. Christmas events committee chairman Dr. Neil Linsenmayer said “We’re expecting a great turnout of participants again this year.” 

If you’d like to enter the 2016 Christmas Parade look for the float entry form in your favorite local newspaper or at www.ElDoradoSpringChamber.com or www.facebook.com/ElDoradoSpringsChamber or call 417-876-4154. Float entry deadline is Friday, November 25.

The 3rd annual Christmas Expo Home-Based/Small Business event will be in the Spring Park Community Building so you can do your Christmas shopping before and after the parade! Contact Expo Chair Vicki Hillsman at 417-876-7126 or vickihillsman@gmail.com to participate.

Gold Level sponsors include: Evans Drugs, Shelter Insurance, Fugate Motors, State Farm Insurance, Dairi Concepts and Woods Supermarket. Silver Sponsors: Shannon & Associates Real Estate & Auctioneers, Mike & Joe’s Service Station, Cedar County Memorial Hospital, Paul Miller Construction, Wilkinson Pharmacy, Mid Missouri Bank, Physician’s Medical, Brower Real Estate, Heritage State Bank, Santa Paula Awning, Community Bank, Sonic Drive In, Mercy Clinic  and LCN Graphics.   

The Chamber of Commerce extends a special thank you to Ron and Janet Swopes, Circle S Feed Store for hosting Santa Claus while in El Dorado Springs! Circle S is the official livestock food supplier for the North Pole and critters everywhere (in the area).

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