Jimmy Geigle, organizer of this year's event, will be leading the parade. Riding with him will be his dog, Simon, a “chopper” spaniel. Simon will be decked out in his Santa suit.
After the run, a luncheon will be provided at Trader Tom's. Each rider will receive a raffle ticket for door prizes. Additional tickets may be purchased for $1 each. In addition to the door prizes, an individual raffle for a complete limited edition NASCAR and Lionel train set will be held. These tickets sell for $5 each. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.
Entry requirements are a new toy, gift card or cash. Donations may be dropped off prior to the event at Born Hog Wild or The Shop, 124 E. Pecan. If you are unable to participate but still want to donate, contact Jimmy Geigle at 580-318-3265 or come by the The Shop at 114 E. Pecan.
Geigle stated that gift cards and cash are used to purchase items for older children and teenagers. Sometimes children in this age bracket get overlooked. Geigle stated with the generousity of the Altus Wal-Mart Store and Hobby Lobby in Lawton, 44 area teenagers last year had everything on their wish lists. Both stores provided assistance with the shopping as well as huge discounts.
Area sponsors helping to make this year's event a huge success are: The Shop, Wilmes Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, Wilmes Chevrolet-Buick, Wilmes Pontiac-Cadillac-GMC, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Hampton Inn, Best Western, Applebee's, AutoZone, United Grocery, Rexco Drug, J. C. Penny's, Falcon Road Liquor, Attitudes Salon, Attitudes Ink, Altus Printing, Stage, Cato's, Confectionately Yours, Hog Wild, Trader Tom's Tavern, Zale's Jewelers, Jones Pawn Shop, Quick Loans, Radio Shack, Dehny's This N That, Altus Finance, Express Pack & Ship, Diva's Blings and More, Val's It's About Time, Long John Silvers, Lionel Electric Trains, Johnson's Vacuum Shop & Sewing Basket, and Rent City. Additional sponsors include Joe Everhart and family, Putnam Toyota, Kirk Towe Agency, Apex Car Rentals, A. Passmore Trucking, U.S. Cellular, Joanne Easterling, and Rick and Jen.