By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010
Kallie McGuire and Suzanne Shirey hold the Frankoma plaque that will be awarded to winners in the Sapulpa Chamber Christmas Parade.
Get ready for an evening of gorgeous Christmas lights, fun floats and exciting performances in downtown Sapulpa! The annual Sapulpa Chamber Christmas Parade takes place Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Sights and Sounds of Christmas.” The parade route begins at the intersection of Taft and Main Streets, and ends at Dewey Avenue and Mission Street. “We’re very excited about the parade because it’s always a delightful holiday event for the entire community to enjoy,” says Suzanne Shirey, president of the Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce. “We’re especially excited this year because the Shriners are making their big return. They have not been in our parade for about ten years, so we are thrilled they are back this year.”
The Shriners are well known for participating in local parades wearing silly costumes and driving funny cars, but their mission is an important one – they are all about “having fun, helping children.” There are 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children, which have cured or substantially helped more than 650,000 children, at no cost to parent or child, since the first Shriner Hospital opened in 1922. “The Shriners are a wonderful organization and are a really fun part of the parade. They even pop popcorn along the parade route and hand it out to onlookers. We are so thrilled they have decided to make their comeback to the Sapulpa Chamber Christmas Parade,” says Suzanne.
For the first time, the entries will be judged before the parade commences, so that everyone can see who the winners are during the parade. The judging panel consists of local leaders, including Mayor Doug Haught. The parade categories are best overall; first, second and third in the youth division; first, second and third in the business division; and first, second and third in the non-business division. All winners receive a Frankoma plaque. Best overall wins $200 in cash, and all first prize winners receive $100 each. “We love when participants use their imaginations to come up with something unique, fun and that correlates with the theme,” explains Suzanne. Last year’s winner for best overall was South Heights Assembly of God Church. The question on everyone’s minds is, “Who will wow the crowds this year?”
The chamber accepts entries into the parade until they have reached 85. Those who have already committed to participate include the Sapulpa High School Band, Kiefer High School Band, Blue Star Mothers, American Legion #36, several local churches and Girl Scout troops, Sapulpa Historical Society, Dutton Travel, Custom Dental, Sapulpa Royalty (past and present Miss Sapulpas), and IBC Bank.
This year’s parade grand marshal is 2009’s Sapulpa Citizen of the Year, Chuck Mitchell of OG&E. Mr. Mitchell was chosen for the honor due to his demonstrated volunteerism to Sapulpa, his efforts to better the community, his civic leadership, and his good character and standing in the community.
Mark your calendar for a fun, festive evening and attend the Sapulpa Chamber Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 11 at 6 p.m. Your whole family will enjoy this traditional event filled with floats, classic cars, nativity scenes, marching bands and much more. Parking is available throughout downtown Sapulpa. Sponsors of the parade are American Legion #36 and Waste Management. For more information, please call the Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce at (918) 224-0170.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.