There were huge crowds for the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce 2019 Mena Christmas Parade of Lights! The parade was held Saturday, Dec. 7 in beautiful downtown Mena. This is truly “the most wonderful time of the year” and the people of Mena and Polk County sure know how to kick-off the Christmas season. The streets were lined with friends and family anxiously awaiting the sights and sounds that signalled Christmas was just around the corner.
There were approximately 35 floats from individuals and organizations from across the community and the parade participants went all out with lights, music, and celebration. Countless hours go into creating these incredible floats and the creativity of the entrants is amazing! The floats were evaluated and awards were given in eight different categories:
Best in Show 1st: Mena Regional Health System
Best in Show 2nd: Christ Community Fellowship
Best in Show 3rd: First Financial Bank
Best Theme Representation: Christ Community Fellowship
Best Small Business Float: Ouachita Nature Builders
Best Church Float: Christ Community Fellowship
Chamber Favorite: University of Arkansas Rich Mountain
People’s Choice: Mena Regional Health System
The parade was only the beginning to the evening’s festivities. The Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission presented the 2019 Mena Christmas Festival in Janssen Park. Crowds gathered around the park to listen to Lana Gail and Gail Force perform the songs of Christmas and visit with Santa in his Outback Barn. As the crowds sang along, the spirit of Christmas filled the air. Returning this year, ArkyPyro and the Hog Wild Crew continue to light up the night sky with their brilliant fireworks display. All eyes were upward, as the fireworks led up to a treasured tradition for Mena and Polk County. To end the evening, the Janssen Park lighting ceremony lit up the park and the cheers of the crowd brought the magical evening to a close.
We are fortunate to live in such an generous community! And a special thank you and acknowledgment goes out to everyone who participated in, and made possible, this years parade and festival.
The Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission
Union Bank for helping sponsor the fireworks
Grand Marshal Pete Chambers, Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year
Jeff Montgomery with Repops for escorting the Grand Marshal
Judges: State Representative John Maddox, Tom Byrd with the Mena Star, Paula Bradley with Pulse Multimedia, Mitch Schubbe with Mitchell’s Computer Service
City of Mena, City of Mena Police Department, City of Mena Parks Department, and the City of Mena Street Department
The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, especially Greg Goss, Pilar Fowler, Lauren Frost, Vicki Agee, Mike Vega, and Mitch Schubbe
Walter Deetz for providing the staging area
Aleshire Electric, Miller Graphics and Pony Express Printing, TAG Digital Designs
The Marine Corp League, Ed Anderson and Sam Jordan
Burt Nichols for providing Santa with an escort
This is always a great event for everyone to get together and celebrate family and community. Thanks again to all who participated and we hope to see you again next year!