Christ­mas pa­rade to be city­wide event in Haskell

The Saline Courier - - NEWS - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­

About three years ago, staff at the Arkansas

Health Cen­ter or­ga­nized a Christ­mas pa­rade through the cam­pus for res­i­dents in mem­ory of Lisa Pres­nall, spe­cial ser­vice co­or­di­na­tor for the cen­ter.

This year, through a joint ef­fort with other com­mu­nity part­ners, the pa­rade will be a com­mu­ni­ty­wide event.

When staff at the cen­ter de­cided to ex­pand the event they learned that mem­bers of the Harps’ Com­mu­nity Out­reach Com­mit­tee also wanted to host a sim­i­lar com­mu­nity event. In­di­vid­u­als from both or­ga­ni­za­tions de­cided to join ef­forts, said Alan Eakin with the Arkansas Health Cen­ter.

Other spon­sors for the event in­clude the city of Haskell and the Har­mony Grove School District.

The pa­rade is sched­uled to be­gin at 6 p.m. Dec.

5. The theme is “An Old­fash­ion Christ­mas.”

Lo­cal fire de­part­ments are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on the AHC Fire Truck. The cen­ter will also have floats and res­i­dents will be par­tic­i­pat­ing, Eakin said.

The Har­mony Grove High School band will be tak­ing part as well. At the end of the pa­rade route, stu­dents will per­form near the cen­ter, so res­i­dents in­side the build can hear the Christ­mas mu­sic, Eakin added.

The pa­rade will be­gin at the Har­mony Grove High School park­ing lot and fol­low High­way 229 to the Arkansas Health Cen­ter cam­pus.

Eakin said the cen­ter has re­ceived lots of pos­i­tive feed­back after post­ing the pa­rade flyer on Face­book. The cen­ter has also al­ready started re­ceiv­ing float en­tries.

To par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade, in­di­vid­u­als should com­plete the en­try form on the back of the flyer and mail it to the cen­ter. Copies of the form are avail­able at any of the pa­rade spon­sors.

The dead­line to en­ter is Novem­ber 26. The cost is $10 and checks should ad­dress to “Friends of AHC.”

Judg­ing cat­e­gories will in­clude floats, ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­di­vid­u­als can con­tact Eakin at 501-860-0643.

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