Sat, Oct. 19

Time to sign up for 57th annual Cottonwood Christmas parade

COTTONWOOD -- Copper, citrus, cotton, climate, cattle are the Five C's that identify Arizona's formative industries. They are also the theme of the 2011 Cottonwood Christmas Parade to be held Dec. 3.

The 57th annual Cottonwood Parade will officially kick off the season. The Christmas lights are illuminated, Santa Clause comes to town and it signals the Old Town Chocolate Walk.

There is $600 in prizes in six categories. $100 prizes will be awarded for the categories: Judge's Choice, Best Display of Theme, Most Creative, Non-profit and Schools, Clubs and Organizations, and Commercial.

Entry fee for business and commercial entries is $40 per entry. Before Nov. 11, early entry fee is $25.

Fees for nonprofits, schools, clubs and organizations is $20, or $10 if entered prior to Nov. 11.

This year Paul Heywood is grand marshal, an active leader in the Cottonwood community and on the Chamber of Commerce.

Deadline for entries is Nov. 30.

The parade will march forward, regardless of weather conditions. Check in time at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds parking lot is 9 a.m. Everyone must be in line by 10:30. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m.

For questions, call Christian at 634-7593 or or fax 634-7594 or call Coleen Gilboy at 649-8777 or

The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the parade since 1997.

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