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By Sunday, December 4th, Everyone was "Merry on Maine"

By Betsy Barnett

December 7, 2022

It would have been nice to say that the 3rd Annual Merry On Maine holiday celebration held on Maine Street in Eads over the weekend went off without a hitch, but that just wouldn’t be the case. Unfortunately, as is the usual case when you plan a street festival during the winter holiday season, you’re going to get some curve balls thrown at you and this year the Merry On Maine committee of volunteers managed to follow the curve ball pounding out a big hit, if not a homerun, it was a solid hit nevertheless.

The weather, as is typical, was the culprit, but not in the usual way. This year, the Merry On Maine committee tried to schedule the event on a Saturday hoping for more people to come out. Everything looked good until a horrendous wind pounded eastern Colorado, most importantly the tiny school of Hi-Plains where the Eads Eagles middle school and high school teams were scheduled to play basketball on Friday night. The wind closed Hi-Plains School whereby they promptly moved the make-up game to Saturday—right on top of all the Merry On Maine events.

Losing all the kids, coaches, parents and grandparents meant that no volunteers would be available to run the event on Maine Street. The committee scrambled—reminiscent of the first year of the event in 2020—and determined that Merry On Maine would be moved to the next day—to Sunday, December 4th.

Of course, such plans worked for all of the volunteers, for the most part, but it put some wrenches in others’ plans—an unforeseen problem that organizers of the event worried about.

However, by Sunday afternoon, the weather was perfect, and the Christmas spirit was upon the dozens of people who showed up and greatly enjoyed the event.

Santa made a dramatic appearance riding upon the bright blue Colorado Pacific Railroad locomotive while DJ Trent Rittgers played “Santa Clause Is Comin’ In a Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train.” Once the train stopped, Santa came forward with gifts for a hundred kiddos and took time to take them upon his lap, each and every one, so they could tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

The Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center hosted their first Community Talent Show. It was free to the public and the 200+ seat auditorium in the Plains Theater was full to capacity with “fans” rooting on the many children who played the piano, sang songs, played the guitar, told jokes, performed comedy acts, and completely charmed the audience with their many talents.

The night was topped off by a handful of Christmas favorites performed by local musician Jamie Crockett who always generously gives of his talents during the holidays and other events. Crockett, this year, teamed up with Cory Crow and Marty Miller to operate all the sound and technical engineering that goes into successfully pulling off such a large undertaking.

All in, there were nearly 30 performers that got on stage and really showed the community what kind of talent is out there. A full review of the talent show will come in the next edition of the Independent.

Finally, at 7:00 pm Kenan Gooden graciously gave of his time to say a prayer for the community, the religious holiday season, and the upcoming year ahead of us. Then, beautiful community Christmas Tree was dramatically turned on and carolers, led by the ladies from the library and many others, sang a number of Christmas carols around the tree.

The finale came with the Parade of Lights consisting of 15-20 vehicles that traveled the streets of Eads bringing joy to all in this holiday season.

Yes, everyone was ‘Merry on Maine’ and this year’s event made it official—it’s going to be an annual event despite of the wind, snow, cold—or even COVID.

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