Caraway Christmas parade dedicated to Bill Foster

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Caraway's Santa float was in memory of Bill Foster.

The Caraway 2012 Christmas Parade was held Saturday, Dec. 1, in memory of Bill Foster.

Foster was a long time member of the Caraway Lions Club and had been in charge of organizing the Caraway Christmas Parade for several years. He created the Santa and reindeer float several years ago. It was refurbished this year by Roger Williams and Mark Shasteen in honor of Mr. Foster's dedication to the City of Caraway. Materials for the float were donated by Jerry Shasteen, Melton Emery, and Western Auto.

Kenny and Barbara Weathers and Melton and Faye Emery served hot chocolate and kettle corn to the crowd and provided Christmas music before the parade.

The parade was led by Caraway Mayor Barry Riley.

Participants included members of the Caraway Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff-elect Marty Boyd, Caraway Ambulance and Fire Department, Leachville Fire Department, and Bo James with the St. Francis Levee District road grader department.

Others participating included Riverside East Elementary cheerleaders, William Henderson float, Black Oak Church of God float, Caraway Sparkling Mistletoes Majorettes, Santa and his helpers, Rep. Homer Lenderman, antique vehicles, four-wheelers, dirt bikes, motorcycles and horses.

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