Centralia tractor parade goes on despite icy conditions

2 years 4 months 3 days ago Friday, December 16 2016 Dec 16, 2016 Friday, December 16, 2016 8:27:00 PM CST December 16, 2016 in News
By: Kristen Reesor, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

CENTRALIA - Numerous churches, businesses and schools in mid-Missouri closed or canceled events Friday afternoon amid freezing rain and icy roads, but the 10th annual Young Farmer's Christmas Tractor Parade trudged on.

"Usually farmers go on no matter what the weather is," Brian Schnarre, an event organizer said. 

The parade, hosted by Centralia Young Farmers, includes tractors and trailers decked out with Christmas lights, holiday scenes and other decorations. Schnarre said more than 6,000 people came last year, but the turn out may be half that this year. 

"Last year we had 73 floats," he said. "This year with the weather the way it is, you know, if we get over 30, I think we'll be doing good." 

Many people became weary of attending after several counties issued winter weather advisories. Slick roadways prompted some people to comment on the page.

"This was going to be my first year but with the ice I'm not risking my life," Tonya Williams said.

Lori Underwood Hagenhoff wrote, "Oh so wanted to go!! We loved last years but i don't drive in this stuff. Everybody be careful!"

It wasn't just a decrease in audience members, either. Some food vendors decided against coming due to the road conditions. 

Schnarre said the event can't be rescheduled because the farmers need to have their farming equipment operational again as soon as possible, so they can't have the lights on them too long.

The roads in Centralia were relatively clear of ice, but the sidewalks were slippery in some spots. The police chief was salting the sidewalks in preparation around 5 p.m.

Schnarre said he understands if people can't make it, but said it'll be a good show for people who do come.

"We do this just to have fun," he said. "It's just our way of celebrating Christmas."

It's Pam Barnes second year having a float in the parade, and she said the weather didn't sway whether she would come or not.

"We were gonna do it no matter what," she said. "Everybody in town seems to enjoy it."

Barnes said she made her float with her boyfriend within the past few days. It is dedicated to the memory of her daughter Chelsea who passed away in October. 

A Christmas Market event began at 5 p.m. in the town square. Santa was there with his sleigh to take pictures with children, but his reindeer could not come as planned. There were still some food vendors that sold treats like kettle corn and pulled pork as people waited for the parade to begin at 7. It will last until around 9 p.m. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — The Missouri Secretary of State’s office awarded a “Spotlight on Literacy” grant to Daniel Boone Regional Library for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 5:46:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A well-known radio personality in St. Louis is facing sex-related charges. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 4:52:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
FULTON — A building on the Missouri School for the Deaf's campus may become the new location of a county... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 3:44:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County Office of Emergency Management apologized Friday after accidentally sending out numerous severe weather alerts from... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 3:03:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorney Stephen Wyse wants Governor Mike Parson to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the relationship and alliance... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 2:39:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education approved a new compensation plan at Thursday's regular work session. The board voted... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 2:38:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - With April 20, or 4/20, falling on a weekend this year, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is preparing... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 1:56:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's House speaker said he doesn't plan on taking further action to discipline a House member... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 1:16:25 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
FARMINGTON (AP) — The wife of a Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader admitted Friday to fatally shooting her husband. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 12:48:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri and Chancellor Alexander Cartwright released the fiscal budget for 2020, including a reallocation of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 12:43:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police took two drivers into custody Thursday night after separate chases. One involved a woman accused... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 12:37:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Police cited four businesses in the past two weeks for selling alcohol to an 18-year-old. The... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 10:45:00 AM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A trial date has been set for one of the men charged with murder in a November 2018... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 7:27:00 AM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former St. Joseph Boy Scout leader has been sentenced to six years in prison without... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 6:39:00 AM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman... More >>
2 days ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 4:30:50 AM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri social services director is resigning to take a job with a faith-based nonprofit. ... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:33:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Parents and fans cheered from the bleachers as they watched students of all different abilities show off their... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:34:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People packed the hearing room for a Senate hearing Thursday on a bill that would expand where... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:17:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 81°
4pm 82°
5pm 81°
6pm 79°
7pm 78°