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Toys on Parade set for today, Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive by helicopter
by Gary Kent
Dec 12, 2009 | 1161 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mrs. Claus is scheduled to read to children at the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library on Saturday.
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Every child in Beeville will want to be at the soccer fields south of the Beeville Boys and Girls Club at 3 p.m. today for the arrival of Santa Claus.

Beeville Main Street Manager Michelle Wright said this week that local pilot Gary Jones will fly to the North Pole that day, pick up the jolly old elf and fly him to Beeville.

Members of the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department will provide transportation in a shiny, red fire truck from the soccer fields to the Depot Pavilion just west of the 300 block of North Washington Street where he will hear the Christmas wish lists of every child who wants to meet him. He also will pose for photos with the kids until 6 p.m..

In addition, dancers from the Fiesta Ballet Folklorico and the Brewer Family Dickens Carolers will perform at the pavilion.

The Children’s Choir from Beeville’s First Baptist Church is also expected to entertain the crowd during that time.

Wright said families will want to visit the vendor booths that will be set up around the pavilion area.

Several nonprofit organizations, including local churches and the 4-H clubs, will be selling items.

Also, shoppers will be able to find good deals on Christmas items in any of the downtown retail stores that day.

Shoppers in the stores may sign up for a special drawing for a gift basket scheduled for Dec. 30.

After visiting Santa and doing some shopping, parents will want to take their children by the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library where Mrs. Claus will read Christmas stories, including “The Night Before Christmas.” They also can work on craft projects with the children.

Then, at 6:30 p.m., everyone will want to be downtown for this year’s “Toys On Parade” lighted Christmas event.

The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be St. Nick himself.

Wright said 35 entries are signed up for the parade this year and 24 of those will be floats adorned with all kinds of lights.

Wright is especially happy to announce that one of the highlights of the parade will be a float entered by the City of Beeville.

“We’ve worked really hard on it,” she said of the float.

Thirteen of the lighted entries will be floats decorated by different clubs and organizations around the city.

“I’ve had tons of involvement,” Wright said of this year’s Christmas effort.

She credited the Rosetta Club, Mother’s Club and Junior Service League for volunteering to help in many of this year’s Christmas season preparations.

Wright expects everyone to be thrilled to see the downtown buildings on North Washington Street outlined in lights again.

Also, the entire three blocks of North Washington Street downtown are well guarded this year by 14 human-size nutcrackers in soldiers’ attire.

“Hopefully, next year we’ll have a lot of new fiberglass figures to complement the nutcrackers,” she said.

Wright asked that each family attending Saturday’s parade bring a new toy to donate to a drive being organized by the Shorty’s Tuesday Night Ladies’ Group.

She said the organization has worked hard to see that every child who is in need gets a toy this year.

“Santa’s helpers will pick up toys all along the route,” Wright said.

The Main Street manager said she was not able to get started organizing this year’s Christmas activities until last month. But she was happy so much had been done.

“I can’t thank everyone enough,” she said. “I think it’ll be good. We’ve accomplished a lot in a little bit of time.”

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