DATE CHANGE for Christmas in the Land of Lincoln!

UPDATE:  Due to severe weather that was forecasted for December 1, the Minier Christmas Parade has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 8.

First Farmers State Bank employees on their float in 2017.Well, the frost is on the pumpkins and there’s a crisp nip in the air! That can only mean that the holidays are fast approaching. And, the Olympia Kiwanis Club is busy planning the 2018 Christmas Parade! This year’s theme is CHRISTMAS IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN. Grand Marshall honors go to Neill Keneipp, Minier’s Village President and a fellow Kiwanian. Neill’s long service to Minier and the Olympia School district is well known, and Kiwanis is pleased to honor Mr. Keneipp.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1 and line Main Street in Minier to usher in the holiday season. The parade starts at 2 p.m. Santa will arrive on the parade route, and after the parade, he will greet children at the Fire Station.

If you club, church, business or organization wishes to enter a float, please go to to access an application form. Prizes are given for floats.

Again this year, the Olympia Kiwanis Club will sponsor the Town-wide Decorating Contest. Dig out the lights and decs and put your home or business in the holiday spirit. Three prizes will be awarded for the best decorations.

The Olympia Kiwanis Club serves the children and schools of the Olympia District. They are proud to sponsor the Olympia Key Club, which is the student organization of Kiwanis International. Our Oly students provide service to the schools, their neighborhoods and our communities. Each year the Kiwanis Club gives a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who has given outstanding service. Our thanks to Connie Schroeder, who is the Key Club sponsor.

Why not consider joining this active organization in making our communities and our schools a better place to live, work, and learn? Contact Carolyn Hansen, President, at 309-392-1700.

Two local ladies riding horses in the 2017 Minier Christmas Parade.

Santa Claus atop an old fire truck, waving to the crowd, at the 2017 Minier Christmas Parade.