Small town continues big tradition

Christmas in a Smalltown set for Saturday; pageant is Friday

EVART — Get out your furry red hats.

Set out your warm jacket and woolly mittens.

Unpack your Christmas spirit.

It’s time to mark the start of the Christmas holiday season in Evart with the annual celebration of Christmas in a Smalltown.

And ... it’s going to be a BIG celebration in this particular small town on U.S. 10.

BIG as in, “How could we have missed something so BIG and so FUN?”

So don’t miss it.

Evart’s Christmas in a Smalltown is going to be lot of fun for all involved.

Festivities are planned for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1-4 p.m. with all the activities taking place at “Holiday Central” located between Evart’s historic depot, and Crossroads Community Church — with good use being made of both facilities.

Holiday activities will actually begin with the annual selection of Miss Evart and the 2011-12 Snow Prince and Princess. The pageant will be held Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at Evart Middle School. Winners will be announced during festivities held on the Crossroads stage at Christmas in a Smalltown on Saturday.

Then, Santa will be coming to town on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3, and will arrive at The Depot at 1 p.m. (Or close to it. He does travel at reindeer speed after all.) Evart’s historic railroad station located just south of U.S. 10 on Main Street.

The Jolly Old Soul’s arrival will kick off an afternoon of fun for all comers.

In a telephone interview, Santa pointed out how much he enjoys his visit to Evart a few weeks before the Christmas holiday.

“It’s great to see my young and old friends each year,” he noted. “I especially love to see how many new babes we have to serve. It gives us a chance to start planning for the future. Our visit also gives folks an early opportunity to get their wishes logged on my list.

“And while I’m meeting with folks at The Depot, the fun will really begin for those staying outdoors or wandering through the Crossroads Church building.”

There will be plenty of games to play, carols to sing, and crafts to create. Everything is completely free of charge.

Outside, the lines will be long for a spin on the Euro-bungy, hay rides, and face painting. Pony rides will once again be a big hit — especially for those who always wanted a pony for Christmas but never saw that dream come true.

Inflatable bouncers, goodies, a place to warm up before continuing on with the fun and something to do around every turn of Evart’s Holiday Central.

Also planned on stage is a performance by the Evart Jazz Band, hotdogs, hot chocolate, and much more.

A Christmas Comedy Program will take place in the Crossroads Church auditorium at 2 p.m.

Kids can learn to make their own Christmas tree ornaments after they’ve had their faces painted in holiday motifs.

Those attending can have a family portrait taken in a specially set up photo studio.

Games and additional activities will be ongoing throughout the three hour carnival.

Organizers are expecting hundreds turn out for the event — rain, snow or clear skies.

There it will be a packed afternoon of family fun in the true spirit of a community Christmas celebration — at no cost what-so-ever to those attending.

The street running between The Depot and Crossroads Church will be closed for the celebration so visitors walking from one place to the next needn’t worry about vehicular traffic. There also will be plenty of parking throughout the area.

Volunteers will be running various carnival-style games in a heated tent, while others will be taking young and old on hayrides around town.

The annual Christmas in a Smalltown is sponsored by the Evart Chamber of Commerce, City of Evart, Evart Downtown Development, SpringHill, and Crossroads Community Church with generous support from many community businesses.

For more information contact Trisha Dodd, planning committee member, at trisha_dodd@yahoo.com, or 231 884-0450.