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December 4, 2012

Perkins, Cushing plan Christmas celebrations

STILLWATER, Okla. — Cushing and Perkins residents will celebrate the holiday season with parades and events this year.

Perkins will hold its annual Old Fashioned Country Christmas from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13.

“This year is a little bit different,” said Lisa Branum, chairwoman of the event. “We're moving it back downtown. In the past, we've had it at the Territorial Plaza."

The event is packed with activity including a parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will be the last entry into the parade and will take pictures with kids afterward. Parents may bring a camera, but a local photography company will be taking photos.

The deadline to enter the parade is Friday. There is no cost for parade entries.

Prior to the parade, the event kicks off with a chili supper at 5 p.m. held by the Posse, a group that raises money for the Perkins-Tryon High School senior class. At 6 p.m., the Business Professionals of America from the high school will sell hot cocoa. Vendors and kids crafts will take place and businesses along Main Street will be hosting open houses with snacks, drinks and giveaways. Vendors will pay no cost to participate.

Residents can get in on the action by taking part in the Santa Stroll this year.

“That basically entails that they get a card and if they go to all the different things going on that night, they’ll put (the card) into a drawing that night ... and at the end of the event we will give away a 32-inch television,” Branum said.

Other events include a cookie contest, a hayride, carolers and music and much more. For more information, visit www.perkinsok.net or call 714-2394.

Cushing residents are planning to hold their annual Christmas parade at noon Dec. 15.

Cushing Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Earl Downs said last year’s parade had approximately 38 entries. He said he believes this year will see entries in the mid- to high 20s.

Downs said this parade has been held for more than 20 years and takes on anyone who wants to participate. Entry into the parade is free.

“Prizes are given,” Downs said. “We give out trophies for Chamber’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice and first and second places in the Rolling Category and the Walking Category.”

Downs said the parade begins at the old train station travels down Broadway in downtown Cushing for four or five blocks.

Santa Claus will be part of the festivities as the Cushing Fire Department will bring Santa down the street.

Those wishing to participate must fill out an application form and a liability release form found on the chamber website at www.cushingchamber.org. For more information, call 918-225-2400.

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