"Christmas in Candyland"
Tuesday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m.
The El Dorado Christmas Parade draws thousands of spectators. This year’s parade was organized by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, Christmas Parade Chair Kelli Harrison and Co-Chair Carlee Alston.
For the second year in a row, the Chamber reached out to the community for the parade theme. Dozens of suggestions came in, and the Chamber put five themes to a vote. The winning theme, Christmas in Candyland, was submitted via Facebook by Alberto Amaro.
The procession began at the intersection of 18th Street and North West Avenue. The parade will then proceed along North West Avenue to the downtown area and will end at Jefferson and Peach Streets.2013 Winners
Overall Winner: Union County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Vehicle, Car/Truck
1st: KLBQ/Real American Country 98.7, "Candyland Express Train”
2nd: Professional Cosmetology Education Center
3rd: Calvary Trails Cowboy Church
1st: New Olive Branch Baptist Church
2nd: "Welcome to Candyland,” Executive Dance and Fitness
3rd: Smackover Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 2331
1st: Faircrest Volunteer Fire Department
2nd: SAMA Healthcare
3rd: "Love for Tori - Fighting Leukemia”
1st: South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
1st: The Salvation Army
2nd: SAMA Healthcare
3rd: Jr. ROTC Color Guard/Drill Team
1st: Norphlet High School, "Leopard Marching Band”
2nd: Smackover Buckaroo Band
3rd: Junction City High School Band
1st: Southark Cruisers, Arnold Furlough
2nd: Southark Cruisers, Johnny Benton, Robert Nelson, Anthony Harris
Best decorated wagon: The Quilted History, nonprofit organization
Best decorated riding group: Holly Grove Riders, Phil Hamaker and Ashlyn Hamaker
Best decorated horse: Furninza Davis
Parade Re-Airing Information
The parade will re-air on Immanuel Baptist’s KCIB-LD TV 5.1, Suddenlink cable channel 14, at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and 21. It will also air on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. In addition, the parade will be available on DVD again this year. Video will include narration by the Christmas Parade Emcees Austin Barrow, El Dorado Festival & Events president and executive director, and Laura Barrow, owner of Spa on Main. DVDs are $10 each and can be purchased by contacting Immanuel Baptist Church at (870) 862-4264. Immanuel Baptist Church is located at 701 S. West Ave., El Dorado.
Entry Information & Fees
Cash prizes were awarded to the winners in each division.
All entries were decorated in order to participate in the parade. The entry fees were:
- Large float (large truck and trailer): $50
- Small float (truck and trailer): $40
- Decorated cars/trucks: $35
- Beauty queens: $35
- Horses: $20 each
- Motorcycle: $25 each
- Customized Car Show: $45 (These are vehicles that are custom and will not be required to have holiday decorations. Entries are limited to the first 15 cars that enter. There will be a separate category and cash award for the Best Customized Show Car.)
Union County schools selected one fifth-grade boy and one fifth-grade girl from each school to open the parade and serve as the grand marshals. They will get to ride on a 1940’s-era fire truck. The 2013 selections were:
- Junction City Elementary School: Cameron Frazier and Cameron Martindale
- Norphlet Elementary School: Dylan Novack and Karis Robinson
- Parkers Chapel School: Alyssa Frisby and John David Risinger
- Smackover Elementary School Rylee Darden and Dawson Inzer
- Garner/Strong Elementary School Noe Gonzalez and Dylan Howard
- Washington Middle School: Dominick Bell and Micaela Martizez
- Westside Christian School: Jillian Callender and Garrett Williamson
VolunteersThose interested in volunteering or being a part of the 2015 El Dorado Christmas Parade should contact Kay Smith at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce by calling (870) 863-6113 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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