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Merry on Maine Christmas Festival Coming on December 12th

By Betsy Barnett

2020-11-05 22:49:09

There’s a group of citizens in Eads that have just about had enough of 2020 and have decided it’s time to send 2020 packing and to bring in a more promising 2021.  This group has been talking about trying to do something for the businesses in the area who have really struggled this year.  They’re planning to bring a little fun and excitement back to town.  And, especially, they are talking about celebrating Christmas together in a fun and unique way.

It’s called the Merry on Maine Christmas Festival and it’s going to be held on Maine Street in Eads on Saturday, December 12.  As Matt Prince, one of the organizers said, “It’s time to bring some Christmas joy back into our lives.”

Picture, if you will, a Downtown Eads with buildings cheerily decorated for Christmas.  A firepit or two located in the middle of Maine Street from 12th Street by Crow’s Grocery Store down to 14th Street to the parks and the railroad.  The Crow-Luther Big Stage is set up with live performances going on and free Christmas movies playing in the theater. There will be food vendors, children’s games, and vendors selling a variety of gift ideas for everyone in the family.  Get involved with any number of cornhole tournaments in the middle of the street.  The Eads businesses will be open and offering big specials for shoppers.  Golf carts will provide quick transportation for shoppers up and down Maine Street and to the businesses located a little further out.  A hayride will come and go around the town so everyone can see the town’s decorated houses. 

And, finally, picture people circling a large tree, listening to local speakers talk about the hope for 2021.  And when the first touch of darkness comes to town, the citizens will light the community Christmas Tree for all to enjoy throughout the rest of the holiday!

Sounds like a Hallmark movie to be sure.  But old timers will remember when the Town of Eads was decorated to the hilt and every year the citizens put up a big Christmas tree in the middle of the street.  It happened then.  Perhaps in a year like 2020---it can happen again.

The festival will start at 11 am on Saturday, December 12th when Santa Claus comes to Eads on the railroad.  He’s going to have gifts for all the kids who show up and photos will be taken.  CWC Rail, Inc. owned and operated by Matt and Claire Prince are providing this invaluable experience for the children.

There will be two house decorating contests this year.  The Eads Chamber of Commerce is encouraging everyone to get involved and decorate their homes for the contest.  First place is $100, second place gets $75 and third place receives $50 all in Eads Bucks.  CWC Rail, Inc will also sponsor an additional house or business decorating contest with a TRAIN THEME.  The same prizes apply for this contest.  The bad news is Karl Eikenberg is excited to decorate his house this year; but the good news is Karl Eikenberg has withdrawn himself from the Chamber and CWC Rail contests! 

The Merry on Maine committee’s main goal is to highlight the businesses and to have some fun while doing it.  People are urged to come out and support every single vendor and business you can.  Get involved in community groups so that you can make a difference. 

Above all, get out of your houses on Saturday, December 12 and be Merry on Maine from 11 am to 5 pm when we light the Community Christmas Tree and we send a collective wish up to the heavens for a spectacular 2021!

If you want to get involved and have some fun here’s the people you need to contact:
Gift or Informational Vendors – Betsy Barnett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda Trosper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Food Vendors – Charlie & Mary Vasquez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
House Decorating Contest – Jan Richards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Matt Prince at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Children’s Games or Fundraisers – W.E. Women Empowered - Jessica Hyman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cornhole TournamentThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Want to entertain and be on the stage? Betsy (see above) or Terry Riley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Business owner questions contact Jennifer Crow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All proceeds after expenses will be divided among organizations who all had a difficult time this year because of COVID restrictions including the Hospital Auxiliary, Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center, Little Leaders Child Care Center, and the Kiowa County Library District.  The festival will go on unless the roads are closed due to severe weather conditions.

 

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