News: Neillsville, wis. - Fairyland Parade (Christmas Parade - 1953)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Bergemann, Roberts,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) November 5 & 19, 1953
Fairyland Parade (Christmas Parade
Little Snow White
beautiful Fairyland Parade, with entertainment in the Christmas
season mood, was scheduled by the retail committee of the
Neillsville Chamber of Commerce at its meeting last
parade, featuring favorite characters of children’s fiction,
will step out of their story books for the big Fairyland Parade,
Saturday, December 5. There will be (of course) Ma and Pa
Santa Claus, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (including Grumpy and
all the rest); Donald Duck and a host of other favorites of the
will be out in their usual characters and dressed to the
charge of the arrangements is John R. Bergemann, chamber of
commerce secretary, who sees in this Fairyland Parade the makings
of an annual Yuletide affair; and who believes it will be one of
the finest Christmas season events to be held
conjunction with the parade plans also are being set in motion for
an entertainment in the Armory that evening, and possibly for the
following evening, also.
Bergemann is receiving enthusiastic help from a number of local
people, with Mrs. Glenn Roberts and Mrs. E. L. Lee in the role of
Santa Claus will make his appearance with free
gifts for the children on Saturday afternoon, December 12,
according to plans made by the chamber’s retail
What Appeared to Be a Job to Fill 80 Costumes is
Just as Easy as Pie -
events have captured the fancy of mothers and children of the area
so completely in recent years as the Fairyland parade and the
Christmas pageant to be held here December 5.
That is the word of John R. Bergemann, secretary
of the Chamber of Commerce and a prime mover in the
Mrs. Glenn Roberts, who has been charged with
finding approximately 80 children to dress up in fairyland and
storybook costumes, believed at first she had a stupendous
task. She started at it with a will and filled all the suits
in short order.
her telephone is ringing in sporadic barrage, with mothers
inquiring: "Can little Esther be in the parade?"
answer, Mr. Bergemann said Wednesday, is definitely "yes!"
the children have costumes of their own depicting fairy story
characters, we shall be more than glad to have
He asked that those mothers of children who wish to participate, telephone or see Mrs. Roberts well in advance of the event in order that those in charge of the parade will know how to plan.
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