Weather for this year’s Christmas Parade kept us guessing right up until the last minute, but when the trucks started rolling, the drizzle stopped long enough for everyone to enjoy the parade. We had some creative, clever floats this year that followed our theme, Christmas Movie Memories. Be sure to check out the photos on our Facebook page! After judging, the winners are:
Business Traveling Trophy: Mac Secure Storage
Organizations: 1st – Butler Band Boosters; 2nd – Elk’s Lodge; 3rd – Outdoor Girls
Churches: 1st – Immanuel Baptist Church; 2nd – Ohio Street Methodist Church; 3rd – First Baptist Church of Butler
Tractors: 1st & 2nd Pace – Kendall & Anissa Atkinson
Classic Cars: 1st Place – Dale & Retta Douty; 2nd Place – Tim Hummel, Adrian Memorial VFW Post 1935 – Model A Ford; Tudor Sedan.
Before the parade, we announced the winners of our annual contest. Congratulations to Little Miss Snowflake Briley Mason, daughter of Myles and Kelsey Mason, and to Chloe Poland, runner up Little Miss. Congratulations to Little Jack Frost Braden Poland, son of Cindy Carillo. Thanks to each of our contestants and their parents for their work and dedication during this contest.
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.
Watch our Facebook page for photos!
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!