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3rd Annual Merry on Maine Schedule Announced


By Betsy Barnett

October 26, 2022

The community holiday celebration known as Merry on Maine began in the pandemic year of 2020 by a group of people who wanted to do something at Christmas time to boost the spirits of the community who had seen their share of heartache and sadness due to the nearly year-long Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns and closures. Although it looked like it would not happen on the scheduled date because of required quarantine rules in 2020, miraculously Santa showed up and saved the day. Further, it established what has now become a new holiday tradition in Eads.

Organizers of the event have been meeting and have brought together the many groups of people in our community to contribute their talents and manpower in order to make the event a true community driven event again this year.

Merry on Maine 2022 will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 starting at noon and run through the afternoon culminating with the lighting of the community Christmas tree and Parade of Lights in the evening.

Throughout the day the committee urges the local businesses to be open and available for holiday shoppers. More on shopping specials in the weeks to come.

MERRY ON MAINE Schedule of Events

Saturday, December 3, 2022

  • 12:00 pm–Food Vendors setup and open for business
  • 12:00 pm–Retail Vendors setup and open for business
  • 12:00 pm–9:00 pm–Beer and Christmas Cocktail Garden open for business
  • 1:00 pm–Santa arrives by rail on the Colorado Pacific locomotive with small gifts for the children
  • 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Cornhole Tournament on Maine Street
  • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm–Pictures with Santa available
  • 1:00 pm–4:00 pm–Kid’s Zone Open
  • 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm – FREE Talent Show inside the Plains Theater (CLCEC)
  • 7:00 pm–Prayer for Christmas & the New Year
  • 7:00 pm–Lighting of our Community Christmas Tree
  • 7:00 pm – Caroling at the Community Christmas Tree
  • 7:30 pm–Parade of Lights – line up on the south side of the courthouse on 14th Street

Merry on Maine is designed to benefit as many community members, businesses and groups as possible. For questions on how you can get involved contact the following people:

  • KidZone Games – Claire Prince at 803-312-2364 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Vendors – Betsy Barnett at 719-940-0799 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Food Vendors – Mary Vasquez at 719-688-9733 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Cornhole Tournament – Matt Prince at 931-309-8721 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Talent Show at the Plains Theater during the Merry on Maine celebration is for kids and adults who would like to share their talents with the community. It is free to the public and designed to be laid back and welcoming to everyone. It’s an opportunity to have some fun with no pressure. Please contact any CLCEC board member if you would like to get on the list of performers. Board members include Barnett, Vasquez, Claire Prince, Marty Miller, Charlene Gifford, Alicia James, Connie Shotton, Nicole Keplar, and Kim Richards.

In association with the Merry on Maine celebration the Eads Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring the Christmas House Lighting contest. Last year there were some spectacular entries and this year the Chamber is making plans to make the contest bigger than ever. More information on entering the house decorating contest will be available in the next few days.

The event will culminate with the Parade of Lights led by Karl Eikenberg who single-handedly last year made the parade a reality despite cold north winds blowing and sending spectators hustling for shelter. More information on the Parade of Lights will come in the next few weeks. However, rest assured it is time to plan to be a part of the parade by coming up with creative and fun ideas. Those may include decorating a collector car, golf cart, tractor, pickup, scooter, or a horse-pulled wagon. Find anything that moves and slap a bunch of lights on it in order to join the fun. Contact the Merry on Maine committee by sending a message to their Merry on Maine Facebook page. Go there today to like the page and stay updated.

The Eads FBLA will be working with the Eads Chamber of Commerce and Merry on Maine committee in order to help make the 3rd annual Christmas event a happy success for all. They will be doing the judging for the house contest as well as the Parade of Lights contest where this year awards will be given for the three top entries.

As it was when the very first Merry on Maine event was conceived in 2020—the committee hopes everyone including school groups, community groups, businesses, non-profit organizations and governments will join in the fun down on Maine Street in Eads and usher in the wonder-filled holiday season.

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