Christmas Parade Saturday evening

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Pawhuska’s Christmas Parade of Lights will begin making its way through downtown at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Christmas in the Osage: The Reason for the Season!” is the theme of this year’s annual event. Parade marshals will be Richard and Dee DeMoss.

Entry forms can be obtained directly from the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce or from www.pawhuskachamber.com and questions can be directed to the chamber at 918/287-1208 or pawhuskachamber2@sbcglobal.net. Please return your completed parade entry form as soon as possible and remember to accurately and legibly fill out the Description/Bio section of the form as the information you provide is what will be used by the announcer to describe your float during the parade.

Parade entries are due at the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce office, 210 W. Main. Downloadable registrations from the Chamber website (at www.pawhuskachamber.com) can also be emailed to Pawhuskachamber2@sbcglobal.net Anyone with questions should contact Chamber officials at 918-287-1208.

Cash prizes — of $300, $200 and $100 — will be awarded for for the parade’s first-, second- and third-place entries. An award also will be given to an entry in the non-profit category.

Other Christmas- and parade-related events on Saturday include:

Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center, 1449 W. Main, will be the site of the Osage Nation’s second-annual Christmas Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This arts and crafts fair includes food vendors and is to feature a visit from Santa Claus. There also will be Christmas Candy House competitions in three 18-and-under age divisions, with prizes to be awarded for: Best Engineered Structure, Most Creative Architectural Design, Greatest Innovative Design and Yummiest.

The girl and boy winners of the Lil’ Miss Christmas and Lil’ Mr. Christmas contests are to be announced at 3 p.m. in a ceremony at First United Methodist Church, 620 Leahy. First-place fundraisers get to ride as dignitaries in the parade, while all contestants receive stockings filled with goodies. All proceeds from the ESA-sponsored event will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Osage Tribal Museum, 819 Grandview, will open its “Creating Kids Exhibition” from 3-6 p.m. The winning artists will be announced at 5:30 p.m.

Following the parade, a family fun fair is to be held at the Wakon Iron Hall community center from 7-9 p.m. There will be photo-ops, door prizes and ‘special’ visits in addition to caroling, food and hot chocolate. Other plans call for a gingerbread man-decorating table and an ornament-making table.