Parade to feature lighted tractors Friday evening in Centralia

Friday, December 20, 2013 | 1:40 p.m. CST; updated 4:04 p.m. CST, Friday, December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA — Barring a blizzard, the seventh Centralia Tractor Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and will feature tractors and farm machinery covered in Christmas decorations and lights.

Ginny Zoellers, Centralia Chamber of Commerce executive director, has attended the parade for two or three years. She said many people come from out of town to see the parade.

"The parade is very unique to this community, and it is amazing what people find to light up," Zollers said. "It's just a beautiful parade."

The event came to mid-Missouri after Centralia Young Farmers and Ranchers members saw a similar parade out of state, said Brian Schnarre, a parade organizer with YFR. It has since become a town tradition and usually lasts an hour.

To join the parade, advance registration is not necessary. Anyone who wants to enter with a lighted vehicle just needs to show up by 6 p.m., Schnarre said.

The parade begins and ends at MFA Agri Services, 202 N. Jefferson St. in Centralia. And the route circles Centralia's town square. 

Although snow and freezing rain are forecast for Friday evening, Schnarre said the only thing that could stop the parade would be a blizzard.

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