Minier Christmas Parade slated for December 12th
House decorating contest will be judged December 6th

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[November 19, 2020]    It’s been a tough year for everyone and that is certainly true in the Olympia School District. With that in mind the 2020 Minier Christmas Parade’s theme is Olympia-Spartan Strong.

Let’s show how strong we really are and participate in this annual event! If you are part of an Oly team, club, school, organization, or community of the Olympia District, we invite you to join our parade. We’re trying to practice social distancing by encouraging decorated trucks, cars, or lawn tractors decorated and followed by a walking unit. For those who enter as a walking unit that is decorating some type of vehicle, we will offer $25 seed money for the decorations to the first 10 groups signed up. Prizes are 1st Place - $75, 2nd Place - $50 and 3rd Place - $25. You can get the entry form by going to or contact Carolyn Hansen at carolynsh

The parade will be held Saturday, November 28th at 2 p.m.

Grand Marshall honors go to Carolyn Hansen, Charter President of the Olympia Kiwanis Club and 16 year member of the Olympia School Board of Education. Carolyn is well known for the many times and situations, over the years, where she has selflessly led out in giving back to community, area, and beyond. She is wife to Gordon Hansen and mother to Eric Hansen who graduated from Olympia High School in 2011. Kiwanis is pleased to honor Mrs. Carolyn Hansen.

We are also conducting a coloring contest for Oly students at Oly West, kindergarten through 5th grade. We will give $10 for best picture for each grade, $20 for the picture that best depicts the theme – Olympia – Spartan Strong and $25 for Grand Prize. Have your student check with his or her teacher for more information.

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Kiwanis is also sponsoring our annual House Decorating Contest. Please have your house decorated and lights on at 5 PM on Sunday, December 6. We will honor the top four houses with a gift certificate to a Minier business and a sign for your front lawn. No need to send in a registration, just have your front light or Christmas lights turned on.

All these activities are sponsored by the Olympia Kiwanis Club. We need you to help us grow and offer more opportunities to the members of our Olympia communities. For more information, please go to our Facebook page Olympia Kiwanis Club of Illinois.

Wear your Blue and White to the parade to show we are Olympia – Spartan Strong!

For questions, please contact Carolyn Hansen at 309-261-1705 or email her at

[Sue Miller]


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