By Jeff Shultz
and Lindsey Temple
There will be plenty of holiday events this weekend in Garvin County as Lindsay, Elmore City and Pauls Valley will host numerous activities planned to get everyone into the Christmas Spirit.
It all begins Thursday night in Lindsay with the Lindsay Chamber’s annual Christmas Parade and the weekend will culminate on Monday night with the Pauls Valley Chamber’s traditional Parade of Lights.
Here is a run down of holiday events in Garvin County this weekend:
The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade, “Gift of Christmas” is scheduled for Thurs., Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. on the Main Street of Lindsay. Cash prizes will be drawn as well as drawings for bikes. Everyone is invited to attend or call the chamber (756-4312) with an entry.
Elmore City area residents will ring in the holiday season with the town’s first annual chili cook-off competition and a holiday singing contest.
There will also be a town Christmas lighting for all to enjoy, along with lots of Christmas goodies provided by the EC-P band.
This will be the newly formed chamber’s first Christmas event and according to many chamber members they are hoping for it to be the first of many.
All area residents are encouraged to attend and show off their talents whether it be belting out Christmas tunes or cooking chili.
The Christmas singing contest will be offering $100 prize money to each age group — 18 and over, adult, 13-17, youth, and 12 and under children. The song selection must be holiday themed and singing will begin at 7 p.m.
The chili cook-off competition will showcase the area’s most experienced chili cooks with the winner of this competition will win $100 grand prize along with bragging rights for a whole year
A Christmas Open House is set for Sun., Dec. 4 at the Murray-Lindsay Mansion in Erin Springs, according to Lindsay Community Historical Society president Shawn Bridwell.
The Open House is set for 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Pictures with Santa will be available inside the Mansion.
There will be a Christmas craft for the children at the Pikes Peak School, across from the Mansion.
Mrs. Claus will be handing out finger foods and homemade goodies, as well as punch, cider, cookies and snacks, in the Mansion’s kitchen.
Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.
The Murray-Lindsay Mansion is located south of Lindsay on Hwy. 76, then west at Erin Springs. Those needing further information may contact Bridwell at 405-756-6502 or 405-756-3849.
The Pauls Valley Fire Department will be serving a chili dinner at the fire department from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This will be PVFD’s 13th annual holiday chili dinner. The fire department uses the donations from the dinner to fund small items throughout the year like gloves and masks, according to PVFD volunteer firefighter and chaplain, Brian Black.
The 2011 PV Parade of Lights will start with the mayor’s tree lighting ceremony at the Santa Fe Depot Plaza at 7:00 p.m.
This year’s theme for the parade is “The Magical Music of Christmas.”
The judging will consist of three categories, “Spectacular Sparkles Award,” this award will go to the most outstanding display of lights and illumination. The “Milk and Cookies Award,” will go to the most outstanding entry featuring children.
The “O Holy Lights Award” will be given to the most outstanding entry that illustrates a religious theme. All entrees must be decorated in Christmas theme.
For more information call Bonnie Vorhies, Parade Committee Chair, 238-1669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.