For this year’s annual Country Christmas a committee was formed to help with planning and preparation for events throughout the weekend. This committee consists of the Centerville FFA, the Centerville Community Library, the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department, the Centerville After Prom Committee, the Centerville Arts Council, and the Centerville Development Corporation. Our hope is that this weekend celebration of Christmas flows nicely from one event to the next and has a little something for all ages to take part in and enjoy.
The week leading up to Country Christmas kicks things off with local businesses participating in a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. Shoppers will be able to stop in to participating businesses starting November 30th to vote for their favorite decorated trees. With their vote shoppers will be entered into a drawing for a door prize from each location they stop at. The list of participating businesses so far is as follows: Centerville Care and Rehab, Centerville Steakhouse, Centerville Community Library, Total Stop Grocery Store, One American Bank, The Sewing Room, Fireball Decals, Mushy’s Bowling Alley, Knudson & Buseman Insurance, The Desert Inn, Centerville Pharmacy, Shear Attitude, The Horseshoe Dinner, Centerville Medical Clinic and Centerville City Hall. Look for the Christmas Trees in the window of participating locations. The week following Country Christmas we will announce the winners in the Centerville Journal.
Friday, December 4th official starts the Country Christmas weekend with the annual library open house. The library will have treats and their silent auction items on display. Saturday morning brings a new event with the volunteer fire department pancake feed fundraiser in the school commons. This will run from 8:00am to 1:00pm and is a free will donation. There will also be a craft and vender fair from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the old gym. There will be a wide variety of items for sale and on display. Saturday’s events will continue with the kid’s carnival at the school sponsored by the FFA which will run from 9:00am to 11:00am. Also from 9:00am to 11:00am in the library is your opportunity to get your picture taken with Santa. AE Imagery will again be there to capture your child on Santa’s lap. After pictures with Santa children can stick around for an author book reading and signing by local South Dakota author Russ Hovendick. Russ has written the popular children’s books “I Have a Secret” and “Would You Be My Friend?”. The library silent auction will be finishing up shortly after that at noon.
After a small break in the day we will be attempting to bring back an old winter event. Weather permitting the City will be flooding and freezing the basketball courts at Peder Larson Park, in hopes of turning it into an ice skating rink for some good old fashion ice skating fun. This will take place tentatively from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. If anyone has extra ice skates that they are willing to borrow or share please bring them along. Also down at the park from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, in correlation with the ice skating, the FFA will be serving Hot Chocolate as a fundraiser. Back on Broadway the Senior Center will again be hosting its annual supper from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Stop down for a great meal and some conversation.
Capping things off on Saturday will be the lighting of the community Christmas tree. Around 5:30pm we will light the large evergreen tree on the east edge of town in Peder Larson Park between the two ball fields. We hope that the tree will stand as a wonderful welcome into the City for those who come into Centerville from this direction. The Development Corporation would like to thank the City of Centerville, The Centerville Volunteer Fire Department, and the Centerville Area Foundation for being a part of making the community Christmas tree possible. Without their help and generous donations the decorating of this tree wouldn’t have become a reality.
And finally, rounding off the Country Christmas weekend on Sunday is the Arts Council’s presentation of A Touch of Christmas. This is will be a holiday music cantata held at Scandia Lutheran Church Sunday, December 6th at 6pm. This should once again be a great event from our local Arts Council that you don’t want to miss. Cost to attend is just $10 and includes a supper. Seating and food is limited so they ask that you please get your tickets in advance no later than December 1st.
Country Christmas in Centerville is shaping up to be a wonderful holiday event for the young and young at heart. We hope to see everyone out and about the weekend of December 4th, 5th and 6th for this fun filled weekend.