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The Wallaceburg Animal Shelter will be accepting donations during the Wallaceburg Christmas Parade on Saturday afternoon.

Sue Arends, from Wallaceburg Animal Shelter, says they will be represented in the parade with a float this year thanks to Loree Bailey and her family.

“They will be collecting items we are in need of from generous onlookers of the parade,” Arends said. “If you would like to donate to the shelter we could really use some items.”

The items include:

– Dawn dish soap – regular

– Old towels and blankets

– Bleach

– Toys

– Treats

– Leashes

Jerry Blake, on of the parade organizers, says everything is shaping up great for the big event on Saturday.

“We have quite a few floats coming and the Big Red Machine, which is a marching band out of Port Huron, will be here,” he said. “There is a bagpipe band and there is two or three other high school bands. There is a guy coming with a 20 foot float with music and a Christmas tree. Lots of local businesses putting floats in like Reapers Realm with a coffin float, business trucks will be driving through and of course fire trucks.”

Blake said there is one change for the lawnmower portion of the parade.

“They will be lining up at Stealth Metals which is located where Sydenham Recycling use to be at 100 Mason Street,” he said.

Blake added there will be a barbecue put on by Stealth Metals, and hamburgers and hotdogs will be sold to all the lawnmower riders.

Blake said there will be five awards given out to floats in the parade.

“There is judges in the crowd that judge as they go by,” he said. “Usually it’s the following week we have a press event and announce the winners and same with the lawnmowers. There is actually going to be ten plaques awarded to the lawnmowers in an effort to get the numbers up.”

The 10 categories for prizes this year include:

1. Oldest unrestored

2. Oldest restored

3. Red neck

4. Hot rod

5. Most outrageous

6. Best in parade theme

7. Farthest travelled

8. Hard luck

9. Most creative

10. Most ingenuitive

The 46th annual Knights of Pythias Christmas Parade takes place in Wallaceburg on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. The theme this year is Walt Disney.

Organizers are encouraging people to come with their floats early at around 1 p.m. to get setup on Arnold Street. The route will follow the same path as usual, down Dufferin, right onto Nelson and then wrapping up at the St. Clair Catholic District School Board parking lot on Duncan Street.

The group is also hoping to break the record for most lawn tractors in a parade. The record currently sits at over 800. Back in 2013, the Wallaceburg parade included nearly 300 lawn tractors.

For more information, call Jerry Blake at 519-358-3983 or by email at blakeynsons@hotmail.ca.


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