Two northeast Oklahoma legislators with local roots will serve as grand marshals in the upcoming Miami Christmas parade, according to a release issued by the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce.
This year's parade marshals will be Oklahoma Rep. Larry Glenn and Sen. Charles Wyrick.
“This is our way of thanking Rep. Glenn and Sen. Wyrick for their tireless support during the flooding in Ottawa County,” adds Matthews.
Glenn has lived in Northeast Oklahoma all his life and is married to Janet Glenn. They have four children. He is a graduate of Wyandotte High School, NEO A&M College, and is also CLEET Certified. He served four years in the Air Force and worked at B.F. Goodrich Tire Company for 16 years.
Larry Glenn has held many positions in the area including: Miami Police and Fire Commissioner for four years; Miami Oklahoma Finance Commissioner for four years; and Ottawa County Undersheriff for five years.
A native of Fairland, Wyrick is a graduate of Fairland High School. He is married to Pamela Wyrick and they have two sons. The Wyrick family resides in Fairland and raise dairy cows.
Wyrick has been involved in many positions including: Board of Directors of the Ottawa County Conservation District for five years; Board of Directors for several state, regional, and national dairy promotion organizations for seven years; and a representative of the Southeast Council of Dairy Farmers of America for eight years. He has been involved with numerous committees while serving as Senator.
Chamber officials have dubbed the 2007 parade theme as “An Old Time Christmas” and are currently seeking applications for entry in the 6 p.m., Dec. 1 event.
“We are excited about this year's parade. We have received several calls about registering to be in the parade. Last year, there were approximately 100 entries and we expect the same this year,” said Juli Matthews, Chairwoman of the Christmas parade. “I would also like to thank the Miami News-Record and INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center for co-sponsoring the event.”
The entry fee is $10 for non-profit organizations and $15 for all other businesses and organizations.
Registrations need to be received as soon as possible, according to Matthews. Entries will be assigned a line-up number in the order of their registration and payment.
“We are looking forward to another fun-filled holiday season and the Christmas parade adds to the excitement,” said Jane Osborn, parade committee member. “We hope to have a great turnout of spectators at this annual event.”
Registration information is available at the Miami Chamber of Commerce Office, 111 North Main Street, or by calling 542-4481.