Minter gearing up for 13th annual Christmas parade

Published 9:14pm Thursday, November 29, 2012

Floats, horses, trucks and cars will parade through a road that is usually quiet and untraveled on Dec. 8 as Minter hosts its 13th annual Christmas parade.

The parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. on Highway 4 in Minter, is something residents look forward to every year, said Margaret Fails, president of the Minter Millennium Association.

“This is the largest event we have in Minter,” Fails said, who grew up in Minter and came up with the idea for the parade years ago. “I just wanted to do something for this little town.”

Lining the streets will also be several booths offering Christmas items, Fails said. After the parade, residents and visitors can walk through the street and purchase Christmas gifts.

“It’s just amazing to see something like this in our area,” Fails said of the atmosphere of the parade. “This is an all-day event that everyone can enjoy.”

People have traveled far and wide to see the parade in years past, Fails added. Some travel from as far away as Detroit.

“A lot of community members come out, but it’s great to see how many out-of-towners come too,” she said.

The Minter Millennium Association, which hosts the parade each year, is an organization dedicated to generating events like the parade for the town.

Fails said another program she would like to see come out of the association is something geared toward the youth of Minter.

“We’re looking to get a recreation center or something like that for the youth of the town,” she said.

This holiday season, the association has also decided to reach out to the elderly community of Minter and give $25 to 29 senior citizens for holiday shopping.

“Most of them have already received the money,” Fails said. “It was just something small we wanted to do for them.”

For more information on the parade and booth costs, call 875-7028 or 419-3457.

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