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Alton to ring in the season country style

The 30th Annual Alton Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday at 11 a.m., and the public is invited, said Alton Christmas Parade Coordinator Stacey Hughes.  Starting at 9 a.m. food will be served in the heart of Alton, including hotdogs, baked goods and hot and cold drinks. 
Entertainment by some Alton locals also will get under way at that time, and music will be in the air throughout the morning. 

Food and craft vendors are welcome to come set up with no charge, Hughes said.

Entrants to the parade will line up at the Spring Hill Recreation Club on Harmony Road, and the parade will end at 1135 Blane Road. 

Anyone interested in entering the parade is asked to call Hughes at 517-1543 or 753-1523 or show up that morning by 10:30. 

“As always, this is a small town fun event that charges no one to enter, and there are no rules concerning what you can and cannot enter.  Feel free to throw candy, play music, ride ATVs, advertise your business or just show some good old-fashioned Christmas spirit,” said Hughes. 

Alton was the hometown of the late Alex Williamson, who passed away this year in a tragic accident, so in his memory, his family will be the grand marshal, and Santa will be coming through town in a fitting tribute to him as well, she added.

“We encourage folks to come out and celebrate this Christmas season country-style,” Hughes said.