Organizers of Flandreau’s annual Christmas parade are looking for participants who want to offer an adventure for the community and especially its children.
“We can make adventure happen even in a small town,” said Emily Pieper, who is organizing the parade for Nov. 25 under the theme, “The Great Adventure.”
Pieper said the parade typically draws 15-20 entries. This year, she is planning some new awards that include the biggest business involved, largest family, most youth, for example. She is also taking nominations for Parade Marshal.
The parade will lineup at 5:30 p.m. south of the Moody County Courthouse and beginning at 6 p.m., will complete its traditional route down the retail area of Second Avenue. Employees from the Flandreau branch of First National Bank in Sioux Falls will hand out hot cocoa in front of the bank, she said, and Santa will definitely make an appearance.
After a break of several years, the parade was started again a handful of years ago, and Pieper said she got involved because she wanted her young children to have the magical experience of the small-town parade.
New this year, the Team of Angels will hold a soup cook-off from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Veteran’s Center on main. The non-profit helps with transportation for people with medical expenses.
Guests will pay $5 which will allow them to sample each soup and vote on their favorite. Participants can make any kind of soup that they like, said Holist Sutton, who is helping organize the event.
“We’re leaving it wide open, whatever their favorite is,” he said. “We’d love if the people who made it would be there to serve it. It’s a full-fledged competition.”
To enter a soup in the contest, call Sutton at 530-7064 or Marty Skroch at 553-0869.
To have an entry in the parade, call Pieper at 864-1515.