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4th Annual Merry on Maine in Eads Coming on December 10

By Administrator

November 15, 2023

As the year 2023 draws to a close, the enchanting town of Eads is gearing up for its 4th Annual Merry on Maine holiday event, a festive celebration that has become a cherished tradition since its inception in 2020. Set to take place on the charming Maine Street in Eads on Sunday, December 10th, this holiday event promises a day filled with joy, laughter, and the spirit of community and Christmas.

The event originated from the ashes of the pandemic year of 2020 when businesses, schools, and community events were closed, banned, and cancelled. It was also a time when a severe drought had devastated southeastern Colorado—including Kiowa County. With sadness abounding, a committee of citizens decided to hold an outside holiday event designed to give good cheer to the community. The health department at the time tried to shut the event down but the organizers resisted as Santa was coming and they weren’t going to disappoint the children.

With doubt in the air, but a commitment to bring joy to the community, Santa showed up, a special message was given by Pastor Lane Gooden over a makeshift FM radio station Terry Riley at the Plains Theater rigged up, and Jamie Crockett and a handful of young musicians played in the theater lobby to entertain the people listening to their radios while driving in their cars, decorated with lights in the first Parade of Lights, and driving up and down Maine Street. When the community Christmas tree was lit, it began to snow huge white flakes. Most involved in that first Merry on Maine have believed in Christmas miracles ever since.

There will be a lot to do at the 2023 version of Merry on Maine. But before that day, the FBLA is sponsoring the annual Holiday House Decorating Contest. Prizes range from $100 for First Place; $75 for Second Place; and $50 for Third Place. Sign up by emailing FBLA sponsor Denise Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Houses will be judged on December 7th by the FBLA leadership so contact them today to get on the list to be judged. Winners will be announced at the Merry on Maine holiday event on December 10th.

Jingle Jog

3K walk/run sponsored by Wholely Healthy will begin directly at noon on Sunday, December 10. Pre-register by calling Claire Prince at 803-312-2364 or emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register at the table in front of the Plains Theater starting at 11 am on race day. The entry fee is $20 and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be given for the most jolly—the fastest—of the Jingle Joggers. Organizers encourage participants to wear their merriest, jingliest clothing or gear.

FBLA Merry on Maine Art Show in the Eads Senior Citizen’s Center

The service project for the Eads High School FBLA will be an Art Show for all community members. Art categories include the submission of poems, short stories, drawings, paintings, or photography. These creations must be Christmas themed and submitted to FBLA sponsor Denise Nelson by calling the school prior to the event or bringing them to the Senior Center in the morning of December 10th. Winners in each category will be determined by donations. While attending the Merry on Maine event make sure to stop in the senior center and vote for your favorite piece of art.

Merry on Maine Cornhole Tournament

The festivities kick off with the Merry on Maine Cornhole Tournament, a lively competition that brings friends and families together. Registration starts at 2 pm, and the tournament begins at 2:30. Teams can participate for $40 per team, engaging in double elimination rounds with 100% of the registration fees set to be paid out in cash prizes. Excitement and friendly competition will fill the air as teams compete for the coveted 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.

Santa’s Special Arrival

At 2 pm, Santa will make a grand entrance, leaving his sleigh and reindeer behind to bring the Colorado Pacific Railroad’s Train to town. This unique twist adds an extra dash of magic to the event, capturing the hearts of both the young and the young at heart. We hear Santa will be loaded with gift bags and candy for all the children.

Kid’s Craft Table, Music, and Beer Garden

For the little ones, a kid’s craft table will be set up at 2 pm, providing a creative outlet for their holiday spirits. From 2 pm to 7 pm, DJ Trent will be spinning festive tunes, creating a lively atmosphere for all attendees. Additionally, a Beer Garden will be open during this time, offering a chance for the adults to unwind and savor their favorite holiday cheer.

Carriage Rides and Fireman’s Chili Supper

From 3 pm to 7 pm, horse-drawn carriage rides will add a touch of nostalgia to the event, allowing visitors to experience the charm of Eads in a winter wonderland. Meanwhile, the Annual Fireman’s Chili Supper and Santa night will be in full swing at the Eads Senior Center on Maine Street from 5 pm to 7 pm. The event is open to everyone and is a donation only fundraiser for the fire stations in Kiowa County. Along with the delicious chili the firemen will be cooking up, the Kiowa County EMS are serving delightful desserts. Santa Claus himself will be making a second special appearance at the Chili Supper. The Eads Chamber of Commerce has generously donated treat bags for all the children, spreading joy and sweetness throughout the community. A photo op area will be set up for parents to grab photos of their child with Santa.

Tree Lighting, Caroling, and Parade of Lights

As the sun sets, the magic continues at 7:15 with an inspirational speaker at the community Christmas Tree located in the Eads City Park on the corner of 14th and Maine. The tree lighting ceremony and caroling will occur after the special holiday prayer for the community creating a heartwarming ambiance under the twinkling lights. Finally, at 8 pm, the grand finale unfolds with the Parade of Lights, a dazzling spectacle that will illuminate Maine Street with the sparkle of Christmas. To be a part of the Parade of Lights get your cars, trucks, boats, or golf carts loaded with lights and join everyone along 14th Street by the park and courthouse—parade begins there. Karl Eikenberg, in his usual Merry on Maine style, will lead the Parade of Light around the town of Eads.


The 4th Annual Merry on Maine in Eads is not just an event; it’s a celebration of community, togetherness, and the magic of Christmas. Mark your calendars and join in the festive spirit on December 10th for a day that promises to be merry and bright. n

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