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Organizers Back Out Hosting Carl Junction Christmas Parade

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CARL JUNCTION, MISSOURI -

Carl Junction Lions Club Member Leona Stice says "We usually had fifty entries, so it was a nice entry, nice parade for people to come.”

But it's bah-humbug for this holiday. Carl Junction residents won't be able to enjoy a Christmas parade this season since organizers have backed out

Stice says "This year the Lions Club voted not to do it because we have limited members and we're just not able to put it on. So I advertised to see if someone else would step in and take care of it, no one did."

A group of local teachers did come forward to save the parade but were unsuccessful.

"They did, they did try. But when they checked into the insurance, it was not able to cover the insurance.”

Before the Lions Club took over last year, the Chamber of Commerce had been putting on the Christmas parade for over a decade. Its director says with many of its resources dedicated to big events like the Bluegrass Festival, the cost of getting insurance for a parade just got to be expensive.

"The Chamber had taken on the Bluegrass Festival so we were max-ed out.  And it seemed when we gave it out, the perfect thing is to get it in the hands of a group like a service or civic group. You know in Joplin, Freeman Hospital, kept the parade going in Joplin. We just have to find who is that right person for the Carl Junction parade,” says Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Gary Stubblefield.

Carl Junction resident Janet Baker says "It's kind of a bummer because it's always been a big turnout and a lot of kids like it, get a lot of candy."

I asked her son if he was looking forward to the parade, and replied he was.

Bruner Drugs owner Jerry Botts says "We are a little bit disappointed that we're not going to have it this year. But you know there were things out of our control that happened, and we'll try again next year."

The parade was usually held on the first Saturday of December. With about two and a half weeks left the Lions Cub and the chamber are now looking toward next year and hope another organization will step up to keep the tradition alive.

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