Vernon Prepping for Upcoming Holiday Parade

Looking for a holiday event this weekend?  Look no further than Vernon's fifth annual Christmas on the Western Trail.

It's an event that includes a parade, food, and lots of activities for the little ones.

There's still some prepping to be done.  From finishing up decorations to calculating the final tally of participants, but it's work organizers are ready for.

Several months of planning, a week of labor and a beautifully lit float came out of it, but it's not done yet.

"We're going to put some greenery around it and make sure the lights work, and an angel, we have an angel to go on there," said Carolyn Holland, a float participant.

This is the fifth year the quilters club has participated in the local parade, rain or shine, cold or freezing cold.

"The first year we had a quilt frame with quilters around it and it was so cold we had gloves and blankets," said Holland.

They loved every minute of it.  Committee member Treva Tucker says this year's spectacle will be their biggest yet

"We actually have 60 or more entries," said Tucker.

Thousands of gleaming lights will flood the streets, lighting up floats, cars and stage coaches.  All parade participants will make their way down four streets and 22 blocks, but before the parade begins almost 50 booths selling anything from food to crafts will fill the streets.

"We're excited about it.  We always are.  It's fun, it's a lot of work but we enjoy it," said Tucker.

Plans for next years float aren't on the table yet.

"That's the hardest part, is to decide what you want to do," said Holland.

It's a decision the ladies will come to discuss, but after they float their way downtown.

The parade begins at 6 pm and should last around 45 minutes.  Booths will begin operating around 10 am.

There are still other activities included in this holiday festivity:  a cash giveaway, breakfast and brunch with Santa and plenty more.  

Head to Vernon's Chamber of Commerce website for that information.

It's still not too late to register.  Anyone that wants booth space can contact Treva Tucker at Blessings Antique in downtown Vernon.  The cost is only $10 bucks a parking space.

Crystal Hall News Channel 6.