Obetz’s Christmas Kickoff

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Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Obetz’s Christmas Kickoff
Ready to get things rolling and start welcoming guests to the Obetz Christmas Kickoff on Dec. 10 were, from left to right, Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin, Obetz Mayor Angie Kirk, Rudolph, 2022 Zucchinifest co-Queen Mackenzie Spiess, Frosty, and 2022 Zucchinifest co-Queen Rilynn Pickens.
Santa Claus was joined on stage by Obetz Mayor Angie Kirk and other city officials to throw the switch to light the huge Christmas tree in Lancaster Park. There was plenty to do at the annual Christmas Kickoff held Dec. 10 in the park including pictures with Santa, letters to Santa, ice skating, cookies and hot chocolate, ice carving and more.
The Obetz Church of the Nazarene Choir entertained visitors to the Dec. 10 Christmas Kickoff in Lancaster Park.
Jeff Petercsak works on a huge chunk of ice that became a Christmas penguin. He is one of four carvers with Rock On Ice who stay busy this time of year. He has been at for 15 years and was a great attraction to watch at the Obetz Christmas Kickoff on Dec. 10 at Lancaster Park.
The Charles Family stopped by for a photo with Santa at the Obetz Christmas Kickoff. Shown here from left to right are, Jessie, 2-year-old Lantz, Santa, 6-month-old James, and Tori.
The Obetz Christmas Kickoff not only began the holiday season with the tree lighting, but was the start of the splash pad becoming an ice rink. There was a steady flow of ice skaters of all ages trying out the new sheet of ice at Lancaster Park.
Four-year-old Teagan Kennedy and her mom, Brittany, took to the Obetz ice rink in Lancaster Park during the Dec. 10 Christmas Kickoff.

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