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"I thought it went really good," Executive Director of Marshall Chamber of Commerce Jill Murray said. "We were really please with the number of parade entries and it looked like we had a larger crowd than in past years, but like any event it needs tweaking. We're just going to keep adding to it."
First Christian Church held a chili/soup supper and silent auction from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
The festivities began with two local dance groups preforming on the south side of the courthouse. Broadway Bound Dance performed first, followed by Shapes Dance & Acro Studio.
Norvelle "Brownie" Brown was announced as the grand marshall of the parade and then lit the community Christmas tree in the southwest corner of the courthouse lawn.
The Marshall Community Chorus performed and the parade started shortly after 6 p.m.
The winners of the nonprofit category of the parade were Missouri Valley Community Action Agency in third place, Marshall Saddle Club in second place and Girl Scout Troop 30020 in first place.
The winner of the individual category in the parade was the Little Pumper.
The business category in the parade winner was Wood & Huston Bank.
After the parade, children were able to go into the courthouse to write letters to Santa.
Santa and Mrs. Clause were in the courthouse rotunda for children to visit with.
The coloring contest winners were given their prizes and pictures back if they were in attendance. The original plan had been to announce the winners and hand out prizes, but not many were in attendance.
"That's the part i want to tweak mostly," Murray said. "We have to get people used to staying for more than the parade."
Kindergarten and first-grade contest winners were sponsored by Wood & Huston bank. Second- and third-grade winners were sponsored by Community Bank. Fourth-grade winners were sponsored by Square Corner. Fifth-grade winners were sponsored by Shapes Dance & Acro Studio.
Winners of the coloring contest were as follows:
1st--Kelly Rubio-Benton School
3rd--Lee Morales Benton School
2nd--Madelyn (last name unknown at this time)
Marshall Dance Connection performed after the parade and the Marshall High School band played Christmas Carols while the crowd waited to hear announcements.
The winner of the Ethics in Action award was presented by Jason Cordova, president of ENACTUS, to Mike and Cindy Lamberson and the Marshall Dairy Queen. They were nominated by Katie Burger.
The winner of the window decorating contest for downtown businesses was Square Corner.
The winner of the turkey sponsored by ConAgra Food Services was Arline Borchers and the ham sponsored by Comfort Inn was won by Leta Robb.
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