Cridersville to kick off holiday season

CRIDERSVILLE — ‘Tis the season for Christmas festivities, and the local events do not end with Children’s Hometown Holiday.
Christmas on Main Street in Cridersville will be held on Saturday, with activities beginning at 9 a.m.
The date has been set for the second week in December, due to a better turnout last year.
“I think it worked out fantastic — we had a great crowd, a lot of people participated,” Chair Stacey Cook said.
She said the date was previously the same date as the “Children’s Hometown Holiday” in Wapakoneta, and not as many people were able to attend both events.
Cook said she expects as great of a turn out this year as last year.
Many of the area’s businesses and organizations will be participating in the event, hosting activities for children.
Cridersville Health Center will provide a “Christmas Football Throw,” where participants can thrEW a football through Christmas wreathes. The center will also have an open house.
There will also be open houses at Cj’s Pizza, Family Ford and the Hometown Hope Thrift Store. The thrift store will also be hosting a bake sale.
The fire department will be the center of the event, with many organizations setting up tables for handing out goodies and games. There will be a cookie decorating table set up.
The fire department will be blowing up helium balloons for children.
The Cridersville Garden Club will host their snow man sale and fundraiser.
The Lions Club will be hosting letters to Santa and will be passing out hot cocoa. There will also be a penguin pond game stationed in the fire department.
The fire department will be having Santa come for the annual pancake breakfast. The breakfast costs $5, and all funds go to books for children at the school.
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They will also be collecting donations.
The fire department will be sponsoring the presents for children from Santa again this year.
“They will be making sure that every child had a present from Santa,” Cook said.
Cook said they were able so sponsor a gift to every child, which was approximately 70 children.
“That is a great feat that they do to be able to provide each child with a gift,” Cook said.
The Cridersville Historical Society will have a railroad exhibit set up at the museum with the “Christmas village.” There will also be a 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt at the museum.
Cook said Police Chief John Drake and Dare Officer Samuel Blank will be passing out bike helmets, stickers and other goodies.
The Cridersville Public Library will also be sponsoring Christmas story time during the event, along with crafts for children.
The Cridersville United Methodist Church will have a nativity scene displayed, with two live nativity events throughout the day.
Cook said she is grateful for the many organizations that have contributed to the Christmas on Main Street this year.
“We depend on the generosity and volunteering of others to be able to do a lot of great stuff,” Cook said.
Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said she hopes many locals will come enjoy the festivities.
“It’s a great event, a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship with each other,” Myers said. “I know in the past it’s been a great success, and I want to thank Stacey and all of her volunteers for helping out.”