Vilonia is the place to be Saturday with lots of events....Santa, parade, soup supper and auction
--These are not school sanctioned events but ones that students, parents and teachers may be interested in attending.
Free carriage rides and visits with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon at the Museum of Veterans and Military History, 53 N. Mt. Olive. No charge.
--Saturday, line up for the Vilonia Christmas parade (Visions of Christmas) begins at 3 p.m. on Industrial Drive to Cemetery (by the baseball field). Judging of floats will be from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Parade begins at dark estimated to be between 5:15 pm. and 5:30 p.m. To be in the parade your entry must be lit up. Also, music is encouraged. Horses are allowed. You may throw candy. There is only to be one Santa and he will be on the Vilonia Fire Department's truck. Sign up for the parade today, on the city's website or go down to city hall.
--Please plan to come to the Veterans Museum Soup Supper/Auction afterwards. The soup supper begins at 5 p.m. at the high school cafeteria for those who want to eat before the parade. The cost of soup is $5 for a bowl of hot, homemade soup/drink/cornbread or crackers and dessert with all proceeds going to museum.
For those who can't stand, plan on having a bowl of soup while you wait in the warmth (for those riding in the parade). The parade ends in the parking lot. You can look at auction items and even bid on the silent auction items. Those riding in the parade don't need to worry, the soup pots (with all kinds of soup and homemade) will also be on after the parade. In addition, Santa will be there posing with kids. Photos free (compliments of the fire department.) The silent auction ends when the live auction begins at about 6:30ish. There are several auction items. Something for everyone.
Also, plan to Christmas shop at the auction after the parade. Too many auction items to list all but below is a partial list: Auction starts at about 6:45 (after parade). Something for everyone.
--Razorback items including 2016 autographed football, an old pristine license plate, a 1898 Razorback photo when the school was the Arkansas Industrial University before they were the Razorbacks.
--Concealed Handgun Carry Licensing Course in Vilonia, provided by Common Defense Training Solutions.
--Rossi single shot 410 shotgun (shoots three-inch shells) with 22 rifle barrel (shoots long rifle) with scope and case. A knife. Ammunition. Billfolds. Donated by Tactical Outfitters. There will be photos of these items and they may be bid on but will not be displayed and they must must also be picked up off of school property.
--One hour massage at West End Day Spa and Salon in Searcy.
--Girls Chicago Rink Skates Size J 13 (Pink and white).
--Christmas decorations including a snowman that stands five foot.
--Door wreaths. Handmade throws. A tote packed full of baseball cards.
--A 4-pack of theater tickets to see "A Christmas family Christmas like no other at the Arkansas Rep.
--Baskets. --Twelve Mark McGwire Franklin Mint plates for his beating the home run record in 1998 with the certificates. --A family, senior or child portrait session with well-known photographer Eilish Palmer of Lady With a Camera. --Glassware including a set of china. --Decorator pillows, handmade blankets. --Pillows for sleeping --A large keyboard--Two cigar box guitars--A dulcimer. A guitar lamp --Two lamps made out of minnow buckets
--Canned items. Baked items. A deer processing certificate from Cypress Valley Meat Company.
--A cutting board. Kids are welcome. There are items they will like including a large stuffed huggable dog and a frog.