Perhaps folks have driven down Main Street and saw a waving Marcus Bond walking along the sidewalk with his infectious smile and unwavering commitment to make people’s day better. Bond has another reason to smile as it has just been announced that he will be honored as the Camden Christmas parade’s Grand Marshal on Saturday, December 8.
Bond has done more for morale in Benton County than just about anyone that comes to mind. He visits local businesses and always asks about other’s well-being. Along the way he has made countless friends. It was those friends that got behind the “Vote for Bond” campaign for the annual parade.
Residents and business members jumped into action in full-support of the friendliest guy around. More than 400, to be exact. Now Bond will take his place high atop the Grand Marshal float and no doubt share his captivating smile and numberless waves from a new perspective on the same Main Street he walks every day.
The parade route will be the same as in year’s past. Entries will line-up at 1 p.m. at Carhartt and there is no registration fee.
Also continuing this year is Benton County Sheriff’s Office elves will collect non-perishable food items and toy donations along the parade route. Volunteers will push shopping carts and ask citizens to remember those less fortunate this time of year. The carts will run from Pizza Hut to the Camden Police station.
The Camden Christmas parade, Christmas Stories, will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, at Carhartt and meander through town. For more information call the Benton County Chamber of Commerce at (731) 584-8395.