Reed City’s Evergreen Festival slated for this weekend

REED CITY — Whether Mother Nature cooperates or not, the Reed City Evergreen Festival is sure to get folks in the holiday mood.

The annual two-day event is set for Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26.

The longstanding festival draws friends and families to Reed City with different events, said Reed City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chastity Eads.

“It’s always a fun weekend,” she said. “It’s also a time we welcome Santa, Mrs. Claus and reindeer to town.

“There has been years where the sun’s shined bright and it was warm, and other years when it was cold, rainy and snowy. The cold and snow might get us in the mood for the holidays.”

The time-treasured arts and craft show kicks off the festival on Friday, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reed City High School. Being organized by the Reed City Community Education program, Eads said the arts and craft show resumes at 9 a.m. on Saturday and concludes at 3 p.m.

“It’s a very popular event to bring people into town from around the state,” she said. “There are 125 vendors who travel from all over the state to be here in Reed City.

“We have many of our local artisans at the craft show, too. There are a lot of local people who participate and it’s a great place to get gifts for Christmas.”

A new event to the festival will be a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday at The Depot, Eads said. The Trinity Lutheran Church and School Men’s Group is decorating the large evergreen tree in front of the Depot and will have cookies, hot cocoa and a lit fire pit for festival goers to enjoy.

On Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church and School’s Team Trinity will continue its efforts to be present in the community and will help kick off Small Business Saturday, Eads said.

“Team Trinity has been hosting business cash mobs to thank donors for their Care for Kids auction,” she said. “In working together with the festival, we will help promote all the businesses with a downtown cash mob. Congregation and community members will have a chance to shop locally at our small businesses.”

The cash mob will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

As the promotional Small Business Saturday falls during the festival, Eads said it’s important for local residents to shop local and support their small businesses.

“It helps keep the community dollars local,” she said. “We really try to encourage it throughout the holiday season. There are many unique gift ideas right here in Reed City people can get.

“Our small town businesses compete with the big box stores and their Black Friday ads,” she said. “We try to encourage people to shop local because the businesses help support our community events. All the figures are there to support shopping local.”

The annual Evergreen Festival parade starts at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Sears Street and Franklin Avenue before proceeding onto Upton Avenue and traveling downtown before concluding at The Depot.

“Following the parade, we will have Santa and Mrs. Claus available for pictures,” Eads said. “There will be live reindeer for the kids to take photos of and pet.”

When families get done taking photos, Eads said The Depot will transform into a gingerbread house.

“The kids will be able to decorate gingerbread cookies,” she said. “We’ll have the fire pit going and hot cocoa available.”

Despite being a separate event than the festival, Eads said residents and visitors can watch two performances over the weekend of “Death and Taxes” by members of the Crossroads Theatre Guild. The shows begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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