Plans are underway to produce the largest and finest parade in the history of Willow Springs, said parade organizer Wendell Bailey. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. on the Fourth of July from Booster Field.

“I anticipate that the parade will be well over one hour in length,” said Bailey. “We have records for the Fourth of July parade going back about two decades and this should set a new record for participation.”

Military and patriotic entries always set the stage for a great event, he said, adding that the National Guard and the Marine Corps have been faithful crowd pleasers. Civil War reenactors are popular when they fire their muskets as they march up Main Street.

The area high school marching bands from West Plains, Cabool, Houston and Mtn. View-Birch Tree Liberty have been invited to the city of Willow Springs’ Sesquicentennial Event 150th anniversary celebration highlighted by the parade. Willow Springs’ award winning Bruin Band, under the direction of Chris Cochran, will lead the parade.

Always popular are the antique and classic cars on display and rolling in the parade, said Bailey.

“The rolling thunder of the motorcycle riders that begin the parade are important to this effort,” he noted.

There is no entry fee or registration requirement. Show up before the event, line up and be ready to roll at 10 a.m. sharp, said Bailey. ATVs are welcome, but safety rules for operation will be in place. Religious and patriotic themes are encouraged. Church vans are welcome in the parade.

Volunteers will be on hand to assist the orderly pull out into the parade route.

The popular parade marshal entry is essential as well as the Hometown Heroes selections, said Bailey.

“The antique tractors are always beautiful in their red or green and yellow paint and they are favorites of mine,” he said.

For more information contact Wendell Bailey 252-0230 or John Bailey at Bailey Chevrolet-GMC 469-3111.

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