Chamber picks Jr. Grand Marshal, seeks applicants for Queen’s Court

Sixth-grader Richard Lanier of May Roberts Elementary wrote the essay that was selected as the winning theme for this year’s Winter Wonderland Parade. Pictured, from left, are Principal Marshell Hooker, teacher Emily Cade, Richard, and John Briedenbach, president/CEO of the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce.

ONTARIO — One main figure of this year’s Winter Wonderland Parade has been selected, and the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce is urging interested young ladies to apply for the court, which includes a queen and two princesses.

This year’s Junior Grand Marshal will be sixth-grader Richard Lanier of May Roberts Elementary. Richard wrote the winning essay regarding the parade theme, which will be Santa’s Workshop.

In his essay, Richard explains several reasons this would be a good theme.

Checking out Santa’s Workshop would be fun, he wrote.

“There would be toys for children and there would be hot cocoa for people who got a little chilly,” the essay reads.

Richard’s costume suggestions include elves, reindeer and Santa. Other suggestions include bringing presents for others, having a storyteller talking about not bullying, and singing around a big Christmas tree.

The theme would help people “see who Santa is” and enable people to “spend time with your family while you have fun at the same time,” reads the essay.

He continues, “You get to lick snowflakes. You also might catch a Christmas spirit.”

For the annual parade, the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce selects the winning essay. As this year’s winner, Richard will get to attend a special lunch at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 25 at Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida.

During that luncheon, Richard will be asked questions, and a vote will take place for the Winter Wonderland Parade Court.

The court includes seats for a queen and two princesses, and members appear at Santa’s Breakfast on Dec. 6, the day before the parade.

Area high-schoolers who are interested in participating in the court need to complete an essay stating why they would be honored to serve on this court and represent their community.

Essays are due to the chamber, 251 S.W. Ninth St., by Nov. 18, and should include contact information including phone number.

The 2018 Winter Wonderland Parade Court included Queen Cristal Reza, along with Kiera Dwyer and Alexis Navarette as princesses.

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