“The community really likes” the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade, reports executive director Melissa Tucker. “People say they always look forward” to it. The event seems to bring out “that community pride and togetherness” of family and friends.
With the theme “A Birthday and Family Celebration,” the procession will take place Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m.
When asked about float decorating ideas, Ryan Tekulve, the 11-year parade chairman, says, “Really, it comes down to what is a tradition for that family? ... People gathered around the Christmas tree, opening up presents, going out Christmas caroling. We’re excited to find out what people do to portray the theme this year.”
From 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., spectators can visit food and craft booths while enjoying entertainment and dining in tents at Batesville Shopping Village. The chamber sponsors all activities.
Entertainment will keep attendees merry. Mike Fritsch and his family will sing carols starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by Dance Studio students performing at 12:15 p.m. The Eureka Band will fill the air with festive tunes from 2-3 p.m.
On sale at enticing booths manned by nonprofit and business workers will be beef, hot dogs, soups, baked goods, walking tacos, crafts, apple cobbler and ice cream, cheese balls, pecans, hot chocolate, coffee, chamber gift certificates and 2014 coupon books, according to Tucker. A few more booth spots are available. They are free to chamber members and $15 for nonmembers.
Tekulve would like to see at least 70 parade entries, the same number as the past two years. He maintains businesses and organizations should participate because “not only is it a lot of fun, being part of the festivities, ... but it’s also a way to give back to the community as well. It does draw visitors into the Batesville area,” who support local businesses by shopping.