Plans set for Greenbrier parade

“Christmas Bells Are Ringing” is the theme of the 2012 Greenbrier Christmas Parade scheduled 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

The 17th annual parade features a longer route, which begins at Eastside Elementary School and has been extended to include Sagebrush Cove subdivision.

Randy Tribble, coach of the Greenbrier High School football team, has been named this year’s grand marshal.

Festivities get under way with the sixth annual Lions Club Chili Cook-off from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Greenbrier City Event Center.

A tree-lighting ceremony is planned immediately after the parade and Santa will be on hand.

“We want to invite area chili makers and eaters to the chili cook-off which will be held at the City Event Center,” said Verna Higgins, Lions Club Christmas parade coordinator and Chamber ambassador. “Our chili contestants will bring their masterpieces (in a crock pot) to the Event Center no later than 4:50 pm to be eligible for a prize.”

Winners of the parade and chili cookoff will be announced at the end of the parade at the tree-lighting ceremony at the event center.

“We have a four-legged special guest to turn the lights on the tree. Maize, Greenbrier’s police dog, will be here to ‘paw’ the switch and turn the lights on,” Verna said. “We are hoping for an enjoyable time throughout the night on Dec. 6 in Greenbrier.”

Events are being coordinated by the Greenbrier Lions Club, the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce and the City of Greenbrier. For more information, contact Verna Higgins at 501.472.7083 or the Greenbrier chamber at 501.679.4009.