BY MELANIE BUCK –
Multiple Christmas festivities will soon be held throughout the county and the first kicks off this Saturday. The Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission and the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce are once again partnering to host the area’s biggest December event.
The annual Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Christmas of Lights Parade will be held this Saturday, December 3rd at 6 p.m. in downtown Mena, beginning at The Crossing and moving down Mena Street before crossing over to come up 7th Street.
The popular event has a theme of The Traditions of Christmas this year and is expected to be as big as ever. The parade features endless floats decked out in lights with costumed participants ringing in the season. It will also include possibly its largest marching band ever, as all three county school districts, Mena, Acorn, and Cossatot River, come together to march as one band.
Following the parade, the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission would like to invite everyone to this year’s Christmas Festival, with activities both downtown and Janssen Park.
Enjoy a special Christmas concert inside the park by Lana Gail and Gail Force at Janssen Park. Lana Gail, a Nashville recording artist, along with her band Gail Force, comprised of Todd Coogan, Stan Beaver, Tiffany Lane, and Lucas Hairston, are known for their upbeat country, rock, pop, and blues music, playing songs from today and yesterday.
After the concert, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and the official lighting ceremony of Janssen Park, a family event that brings smiles to young and old alike.
A complete schedule of Christmas festivities can be found at www.VisitMena.com and the Visit Mena Facebook page. For more information please call Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission at (479) 394-8355. You can also call the Chamber of Commerce at 479-394-2912.
First United Methodist Church will also host their annual Open House and Live Nativity that night as well at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
The Town of Cove will present their annual Christmas Parade with Santa on Saturday, December 10th, at 2 p.m. If you would like to participate, please contact Cove Town Hall at 870-387-5791 for more information. “We would love to have you,” said Cove Mayor, Joan Headley.