Thought youâ€™d heard the last about elections this year?
One of the areaâ€™s biggest races will begin Saturday when nominations are taken for Cat Square mayor.
Candidates for the esteemed position must be lifelong community residents, said Jamie Houser, who helps organize the parade. And thatâ€™s pretty much the only qualification.
â€œThey have ranged from local businessmen to local farmers,â€ Houser said.
Residents can nominate mayoral candidates Saturday at the Cat Square Superette. A tent will be set up outside the store for most of the day, Houser said.
The nomination process is simple â€” just drop a name into a pot. The top three nominees will run in the official election, which will be held Sat. Dec. 4 at the Superette.
Dec. 4 will also be the day to vote on Little Miss and Miss Cat Square. Little Miss Cat Square is for girls in kindergarten through sixth grade; Miss Cat Square is for seventh grade to 21 years old.
The mayor will reign over the famous Cat Square Parade on Dec. 11.
Plans are underway and parade committee members are working to get things organized to assure the event that attracts thousands goes smoothly.
This Saturday and Sat. Dec. 4 are the days to register 4-wheelers and horses for the parade, Houser said. Participants must bring their driverâ€™s license. Parade organizers use this information to issue riders a number, which can be used for identification purposes.
â€œIf someone gets out of line, we can go back and see who the numbers were given to,â€ said Houser. â€œItâ€™s a little bit of a safety feature.â€
Up to 100 4-wheelers roar down the highway at the end of the parade. More than 300 horses follow them.
Except for the horses and 4-wheelers, parade entries donâ€™t have to be registered in advance. Just come to the line-up site at Zur Leonard Road and Houser Road between 1 and 2 p.m. to find a place in line. Early arrivals are always welcome, Houser said.
â€œItâ€™s always been show up and youâ€™re in the parade,â€ said Houser.
The parade will kick off at 2 p.m. starting at Zur Leonard Road and ending at Bill Sain Road.
Houser said the parade usually has 80 to 100 entries, and heâ€™s counting on a successful event this year.
High school bands, Shriners, antique cars, Girl and Boy Scouts, local civic clubs and government officials have already committed.
And in true Cat Square style, several Santa Clauses will also make the trip down the parade route.by Alice Smith