Still raving about turnout at Mt. Sterling’s Christmas in the Village

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Santa rides in style aboard Tri-County Joint Fire District’s antique fire engine during Mount Sterling’s Christmas in the Village lighted parade.

(Posted Dec. 18, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Everyone is still raving about this year’s Christmas in the Village. The Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce hosted the event on Dec. 4. The lighted parade was one of the many bright spots.

“The deputies who worked (the parade) were all impressed. They loved it,” said Deputy Jack Dill at the Dec. 13 village council meeting. “They said it was very enjoyable just to be standing and watching it.”

With a giant inflatable snowman at the helm, the festive Masonic Lodge 269 trailer rolls down the parade route.

Becky Martin, a council member and Chamber president, said the parade included a whopping 46 entries.

“We never expected that kind of turnout. It just kept growing and growing,” she said.

The turnout of visitors was big, too. Hundreds of people watched the parade, walked the streets, and stopped in to participating businesses, Martin said.

Entries in the Community Center’s Christmas tree silent auction, set up at town hall, showed that visitors came from both near and far away.

“Everywhere that we had something set up, it was so packed. Shoulder to shoulder,” Martin said, adding that food trucks and other groups offering goodies ran out of food due to the large turnout.

What’s a parade without a little whimsy? All Ohio Portable Toilets kept it simple and silly.

“We have really big shoes to fill next year because it was an amazing success.”

Martin thanked everyone who helped to put on the event, including her fellow Chamber members and council members, Masonic Lodge 269, lodge member Tim Corbin for serving as the parade organizer and announcer, Sterling Joint Ambulance District, Tri-County Joint Fire District, American Legion Post 417, and the many businesses and individuals who made donations of one kind or another.

Martin noted that the Giving Tree is still on display at town hall. New hats and mittens attached to the tree are free for the taking.

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