Rector Christmas Parade, Reception Held

Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Rector peewee cheerleaders were all smiles during Thursday's Christmas parade. The group included, from left: Kylie Smith, Shay Henson and Gracie Gilbert.(TD photo/Ron Kemp)

It was a clear and cool evening Thursday, an outstanding night for the large number of friends, families and community members in attendance at the annual Rector Christmas Parade and Reception.

Children of all age faces lit up as they watched the parade filled with beauty queens, floats and fire trucks make its way down Main Street and to the community center, where a cookie and hot chocolate reception awaited. Of course, the highlight of the parade for many children was Santa Claus.

Kicking off the reception were the RES second and third graders entertaining those present with Christmas carols, as did the RHS choir and band. While parents and community members watched the entertainment children lined up in droves to sit on Santa's knee and tell them their Christmas wishes.

"It was a great night to have a good time and enjoy fellowship with parents and community members," RES principal Nathen Henderson said. "We had a great response from the community."

Cookies of all kinds were donated for the event to the delight of children attending. "Thank you to everyone who donated cookies, our volunteers and to Mr. and Mrs. Van Aalsburg for a job well done with the choirs and bands," Henderson added.

The 4-H club's float of Santa Claus' sleigh filled with children won the Rector Area Chamber of Commerce's competition for $100 and the Community Center won the prize of $25 for best ornament. "I'm glad that the weather was so accommodating for the parade," city employee and parade organizer Christina Boyd said. "I was glad to see more entries than those I had spoken with; it's so lovely to start off the Christmas season as a community."

She also added she hopes to see the Christmas parade get bigger and bigger every year and possibly add a few new traditions. Some ideas she's already heard from area residents are a city-wide Christmas light competition and a winter pageant. She wants to encourage anyone with ideas to share them with her by contacting her at or (870) 595-2300.

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