Chamber Christmas Festival draws a crowd despite the rainy day
By Alberta Stojkovic -
The rainy day forecast didn’t keep people away from the Christmas Festival in Downtown Mount Gilead Saturday. A crowd came out to watch the parade at noon and stayed to enjoy shopping, turkey bowling, a free movie and a visit with Santa.
Other afternoon activities included “Rock on Ice” demonstrations, Kiwanis Parade of Homes,
Bob’s Barrels of Fun Ride, Reindeer, wagon rides and making a craft and snack at the Community Center. Youth gave a Taekwondo demonstration on Main Street at the end of the afternoon with instructor, Shane Smith. Pastor Mark at New Life Church read children’s stories.
The Morrow County Community Center welcomed more than 150 to their afternoon open house. Morrow County Extension educators, Dana Brown and Becky Barker were in the Community Center with Middle School Art Teacher Anne Trautman making goodies for Christmas. 50 children made a Christmas decoration with Trautman while Brown and Barker worked with the children to make a snack with popcorn, mini marshmallows, M&Ms, raisins and honey graham cereal.
The Town Crier, Rick Chilcote of Mount Gilead Trading Co., added a touch of times gone by as he rang his bell and announced the schedule of activities throughout the afternoon. The county historical society’s Cross Home entertained visitors through the afternoon with an exhibit of dolls in several rooms. The home, built in 1829, sparkled with decorations from the past while visitors enjoyed a homemade cookie.
The only concern expressed was that there were so many activities that people might not be able to get around to all the vendors and businesses.
Jewelry maker Tara Lawyer said that she had a steady stream all afternoon at her location near the square on Main Street. Customers at Mount Gilead Trading Company were glad to see so many new businesses occupying the buildings again downtown.
Rain held off in the afternoon so that the crowd could enjoy watching the Turkey Bowling, visit the reindeer and enjoy wagon rides and rides in Bob’s Barrels of Fun. Morrow County Chamber of Commerce Board Member Becky Kilgour was happy that there was no rain or snow to drive people away. The board is already looking forward to the 8th Annual Christmas Festival next year.