Sigourney lights up for the holidays

A new snowman lighting decoration was purchased through funds raised at the SADC Raffle for this year's Christmas Festival to greet visitors on the square.

            With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, the residents of Sigourney look to Christmas as the season switched into gear with the 5th Annual Christmas Festival.

            Under the direction of the Christmas Festival Committee, the Lighting Ceremony and Lighted Christmas Parade dazzled the square to kick off the evening festivities. Santa Clause himself arrived at Memorial Hall afterwards to see all the good boys and girls and ask them what they want for Christmas. Families enjoyed a soup supper inside the building before taking advantage of the decent weather for horse and carriage rides at the Town Square Park.

            “We moved everything from the south side of the square over more to the northeast side of square to close to Memorial Hall,” Trisha Black, a committee member said. “It can be cold, and people don’t want to walk from one side to the other or stand around.”

            The welcomed change brought respectable crowds to the main events for the second year in a row. Over $1,600 was raised by the committee for future lighting projects around the square. This year also saw the return of the Tree Festival during the SADC Raffle to raise funds for lighting.

            “The committee is the middle of trying to figure out how to redo some Christmas lights,” Black said. “Through the Tree Festival, we purchased the snowman that is on top of the fountain and we’re hoping to get more commercial decoration for the lawn, rather than tree wrapping.”

Please view the November 29 edition of The News-Review for the full story.