The holiday season has officially arrived with the completion of the annual Christmas Parade, and Junior Auxiliary’s Christmas in the Park events. This was the 29th Christmas in the Park for the local group, but the first time to be held following the parade.
Many visitors enjoyed the parade and several stayed for activities in the park. Lots of fun things were happening for attendees. Santa and Mrs. Claus were escorted to Magness Library by the Warren County High School Pioneerettes as the school choir sang “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
Master of ceremonies Ryan J. Moore and Mayor Jimmy Haley extended a welcome to everyone. A slate of performances followed with the WCHS choir performing “Let It Go,” the Pionerettes dancing in the street, as well as students of Paula’s Dance Academy. Miss McMinnville royalty Kristen Gallant and Anna Grace Smith both performed, as well as Alora Stuart and Joe Harvey.
Stations were set up around the downtown area, where guests could enjoy yogurt, hot chocolate, hot Dr Pepper, popcorn, as well as juice and coffee samples. JA members once again featured their cider house inside Regions Bank, providing hot cider and cookies. Youngsters were delighted to have the opportunity to decorate their cookie before eating.
Two bounce houses were available for the younger set, as well a live nativity provided by Covenant Fellowship Church. Children had lots of fun designing their own reindeer food with special ingredients provided by The Painted Anchor, and visiting special phone booths with direct lines to Santa’s helpers.