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Elkhorn lighting up mainstreet

Here's the plan to get you in the Christmas Season state of mind, starting in Elkhorn!
A look at the 2021 Elkhorn Santa parade shows Santa's cruise down Richhill Ave. with his deer in tow.

Elkhorn Town Light Up is an all-day feature this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 19 that will include traditional and new features plus a huge auction held by the Playground committee.

A tree decorating contest is a team sport, says Samantha Cluett, Elkhorn & District Chamber President and organizer for the Town Light Up. “We are looking for people to donate artificial trees, you can decorate a tree on mainstreet (Richhill Ave.) and it will stay up for the season.” The winning team gets a tree trophy and bragging rights.

When darkness falls, a main event is the Memory Tree light up held at 5:30.

A chili cook-off at the Leisure Centre means the arduous work of sampling the fare. No charge for those samples, but you do have the responsibility of voting for your favourite.

Noon lunch will be served in the Legion Hall and in the afternoon, the hall will be filled with crafts and home-based business vendors.

Street hockey with the Elkhorn C-Hawks has become a favourite youth event. “The first year we did it we had one or two kids and every year since then the street’s been full with a good turnout for the street hockey,” says Cluett.

Elkhorn’s library will also be a happening place with Arts Mosaic’s, Christa Milne doing a kid’s craft there. She’s also got prize craft kits for the first 20 kids we’re told. What’s in those? “Oh, it’s a surprise,” says Christa Milne. Cluett says, “I love her creativity, so she’s got some great ideas for that.” Milne admits that she enjoys her work and the opportunity to work with “all ages.”

Don’t forget story time with Mrs. Claus in the morning and at 4:30 Librarian Pat Schellenberg will read. As well, there will be Christmas trivia games all day in the library.

Parade floats tour mainstreet before the Playground Committee Community Auction begins. It includes a live auction, silent auction, raffle table and a food bar. This fundraiser for a new playground is part of the Elkhorn Memorial Park Revitalization Project.

Mainstreet businesses are having sale specials all day; Elkhorn expects guest appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus and Sleigh Rides with Carla Marsh’s hitch, which has become a yearly feature.



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