On Saturday, December 1st, the Butler Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Christmas Parade. Prior to the parade, our Little Miss Snowflake and Little Jack Frost candidates will compete for the title with sales. This year the kids will sell community calendars, so support your favorite candidate with a purchase. The evening’s events will begin with an announcement of the winners at 5:30 p.m. and Christmas vendors and the parade at 6:00 p.m. Would your business like to join the parade? There is no entry fee, and prizes will be awarded: 1st, 2nd and 3rd for church, club/organization, tractors, horses and old classic vehicles. A traveling trophy is awarded to the winning business float. Line up to register at the high school by 5:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Christmas Movie Memories”. Vendors will be open throughout the evening. We still have openings for vendors; please contact the Chamber office for more information – 660-679-3380.
Don’t forget, Santa will join the parade (no Santas on floats, please), and then will accept visitors in his house on the northeast corner of the square after the parade until 9 p.m., or until he has no more visitors. Santa will also accept visitors on December 8, 15, and 22 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
We hope to see you there! Below are Christmas Parade memories from 2017.
The Chamber’s Christmas Parade theme on December 2, 2017 was “Suessville”, and it certainly inspired some creative floats!
2017 Parade float winners
Business – Mac Secure Storage, Jon & Toni McElwain
Church – First Baptist Church
Club/Organization – Bates County Elks (1st), Outdoor Girls (2nd), Connie White School of Dance – 3rd
Horses – Cumpton Family Farms, Andrew Cumpton (1st & 2nd)
Vehicles – Grinch Vehicle, Amber Roberts (1st), Off Road Bikes, Kyler Setzer (2nd), Outlaw Murica!, Sam Mager (3rd)
Tractors – Western Missouri Antique Tractor, Kendall Atkinson (1st), Bob Surber (2nd)
Band – Butler High School
We want to thank the following for their help and contributions: Steven Jackson, Paula Schowengerdt, Teresa Wilson, Sheila Bianco, Tyler Bise, Carmin Gregory, Douty’s Auto, Sheriff Chad Anderson, Santa Brian, Butler Police Department, and the City of Butler.
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The Butler Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 seemed to draw our biggest crowd ever! Thank you, Butler community, for coming out to participate with parade entries, or by joining in the fun to watch the parade.
Parade Marshals (from left) Katrina Vermaas Leach, Josina Vermaas Erickson and Diana Vermaas, family of the late Brad Vermaas, who served as Butler’s Santa for many years.
Little Miss Snowflake Jordan Porter, and Little Jack Frost Kameron Mallatt.
5-year-old Braelynn Isaacson, runner up to Little Miss Snowflake. Our contestants are chosen based on book sales, and the top two girls finished a very close race by only 3 books!
The Butler High School Marching Band, directed by Russ Thompson
First Place Business & winning the traveling trophy: Quality Home Care
First in horses: Patti Hoskins with her miniature donkey team Biscuit and her baby boy, Bug. The donkeys were spooked by the night lights and noises and, unfortunately, didn’t make it through the parade long enough for us to get a good photo. Pictured is the team with Patti at the Archie parade last summer.
Thanks to all who helped repair Santa’s house, kids were able to meet Santa and share their wishes for Christmas.
Merry Christmas to all!