There was a line of children as long as the street to see the crowd favorite at Saturdayâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta. Santa Claus and his helpers from the Octagon Club sat outside the courthouse on Willipie Street, waiting to hear every boy and girlâ€™s wish for Christmas. There were elaborate requests with many toys and simpler ones for just the childrenâ€™s favorite treat.
Brooklyn Snyder, 8, and her older sister Morgan, 10, each wanted the exact same thing.
â€śI want a Monster High Doll,â€ť Brooklyn said. â€śI want it to play with.â€ť
Behind nearly every door downtown on Saturday was a free treat or goodie for children as part of the Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday. From popcorn and hot chocolate, to hot dogs and candy, downtown Wapakonetaâ€™s generosity came out in full force this weekend.
There were smiling faces everywhere Saturday, and not just from the children.
â€śItâ€™s really great that they have all of this down here,â€ť said Heidi Snyder, who brought her two daughters to the event downtown. â€śItâ€™s great that everything is free and there is so much to do.â€ť