“Christmas in Cardington” will take place Thursday, December 12, and for four hours the village will be transformed into a hub of Christmas wonder.
Sponsored by “Friends of Cardington” and the Cardington business owners, the event will begin at 5 pm with a chili supper served from the Community Building by the “Friends.” At the same hour, The Academy of Rising Stars will present entertainment on the park bandstand. At 5:45 pm the tree lighting ceremony will begin in the Community Park with the Christmas story read by Pastor Darryl Moody of the Cardington Church of the Nazarene. Mayor Susie Peyton will read a proclamation and carols will be sung as the huge tree is lit. Cardington Yutaka Technologies funded the tree decoration which were placed on the tree by Gale Slack. Other funding was made by “Friends” and Crystal Spires and her family placed all of the lights on the Gazebo.
Santa Claus will arrive at this time, transported by Cardington Fire Department truck. He will then go to the fire house where he will meet the children.
Christmas carols will be sung by carolers strolling the streets. Every business place will be open and will offer a variety of treats for visitors. Music will be the theme at several of the businesses. Rick Roth will play keyboard at Maceyko
Tax; Carol Ebert will play keyboard at CArdington Cuts Barber Shop and the Spangler Sisters will sing at the MCH Primary Care facility. A brass quartet from the Cardington-Lincoln High School will also perform while strolling the streets.
Four authors will sign their books at the CArdington Public Library. They are Mindi McGinnis; Janet Sedlacek and Nolan Coleman and Ethan Long. Freshly baked cookies can be decorated by children in the library basement.
The log cabin in the park will be decorated for the season and in side Lori Cardiff will reveal the Legend of the Candy Cane and Pat Drouhard will be selling apple butter.
Free photos will be taken with Frosty the Snowman at Cardington Home and Auto by Amberlin Photography.
Suzee Q’s will have tree ornaments for the children to decorate from 5 to 8 pm. Horse drawn wagons provided by Doris Mosher of Marengo and Todd Jolliff of Cardington will provide transportation for visitors.
Tickets may be purchased at First United Methodist Church at $10 each for a tour of four homes from 7 to 9 pm.
The Family Dollar store will be conducting a coloring contest and the Patriot Bar will be collecting unwrapped toys for boys and girls through their Drive through and Morrow Lanes will be collecting canned and non perishable food goods.
A live nativity scene can be viewed at the corner of Park Street and West Second Street.
There will be a raffle with tickets purchased at $ each at the Community Building. Each business place is participating in this raffle.
There is also a $100 prize to be awarded to the best decorated house.
Oh yes, the Grinch will also stroll the streets.
Christmas in Cardington will wind up at 9 pm.
There will be many more events taking place. Visitors are invited to come and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season which is being provided by the Friends of Cardington, the business owners, the fire department, the Cardington- Lincoln School, the churches, 4-H groups and many more individuals and group