The temperature was in the upper-60s when the decision was made but the 32nd annual Booneville Christmas Parade was the first official casualty of expected winter weather front on its way to the River Valley.
Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacey McCollough said the parade would be moved to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
The 11-day delay in the parade was necessitated by a schedule full of other events, including monthly meetings of the Quorum Court and Booneville School Board; the 12th annual Magazine Christmas Parade, set for this Saturday, Dec. 14; and the Booneville High School band’s annual concert set for Dec. 16.
Still, the closing segment of the parade, the children visiting Santa Claus has been moved to the First Baptist Church Family Life Center due to a scheduling conflict with the Jeral Hampton Meeting Place.
McCollough said he also looked at a long range forecast for the rest of the holiday season.
"It’s cold and wintry all the way through, so it’s a crap shoot," said McCollough.
For the last several years the annual Booneville Lions Club all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast serves as a kickoff for the day but that event was also rescheduled. This year’s 59th annual event will instead be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 11 a.m. at the Community Center.
Also scrubbed last week was the tree lighting ceremony for City Hall. Rather than reschedule the event, power was provided to trees as soon as they were decorated.