Organizers are gearing up for the annual Stellabration, to be held this Saturday.

Organizers are gearing up for the annual Stellabration, to be held this Saturday.

“This is the fifth annual Stellabration,” said Chuck Dalbom, with Stellabration.

The event includes a whole lot of activities ranging from a veterans service to arts and crafts booths to a duck race to a dog show to food and even a parade. The event is open to the public.

“The veterans program will be at 10 a.m., of course they will have the flag raising ceremony, sing the Star Spangled Banner, and say a prayer,” he said.
 “They are going to kind of re-dedicate the memorial this time.”

Set up for the booths will begin at 7 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, located in downtown Stella.

Explaining the main purpose of the event, Dalbom said, “The main reason that we have it is we have built a veterans memorial that is really outstanding for the size of the village of Stella. We have done this to honor the men and women that have served our country from every war from the Revolutionary War up to the present. These are the guys that have held the hands of the patriots that fought the British for our freedom and they have gone and fought in wars all over the world, to keep us free and keep us strong. This is to honor the veterans on that day.”

In the past, the attendance to this event has been great.

The dog show will be at 11:30 a.m. with categories of smallest, largest, hairiest, baldest, most personality, best manners, best performer and best in show. Prizes are ribbons of participation for all. There will be certificates for winners in each category and a doggie toy for best in show. And the dogs can walk or ride in the parade afterward. For more information, call Robin May at 628-3299. The dogs must have proof of vaccinations, be friendly, be on a collar and leash and be in a kennel before and after the show.

The parade lineup will be from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Tri-way School, with the parade to start at 1:30 p.m., traveling right in front of the veterans memorial.
“We need parade entries,” he said. “We know that the (Neosho) patriotic parade was canceled (due to rain). If any one of those people have a parade entry that they were going to put in there, that they would like to put in our parade that would be wonderful. We need cars, tractors, horses, floats, marching groups, Boy Scouts, anything like that, just show up there at Tri-way playground and we will put them in the parade.”

Organizers are also asking for something from the veterans.

“We would like to have the veterans that are there when the flag goes by, we would like to have – of course everybody to stand up when the flag goes by, that is just flag etiquette – but the veterans have been granted the privilege by congress to salute the flag with a military salute,” Dalbom said. “This would show their friends and neighbors who have served this country in the military.”
Those who want to purchase a duck race ticket can do so for $5 each, with 150 tickets total. That event will be held at 3 p.m.

“The money that they are raising is going to be for a refrigerator, stove and a sink in the (Stella) FEMA shelter building (which is located near the Stella Senior Citizens Center),” he said. “So the FEMA shelter building might be used for dinners or wedding receptions or something like that or groups that want to get together at a later date. Any donations toward the furnishing of the FEMA shelter will really be appreciated.”

For more information, contact Chuck Dalbom at 628-3253 or Terry or Robin May at 628-3299.