by nathan oster
With just a little over a week to go, plans for the Greybull Holidazzle continue to expand, with new events being added every day to make the three-hour celebration on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 12 more enticing for holiday shoppers and community residents.
The celebration will feature a candy cane hunt at the library, a lighted parade down main street, a free chili feed, extended hours for downtown businesses, drawings for prizes and live music.
But above all else, Christmas is about giving, hence the theme of “Opportunities to Share and Show That You Care.” For the convenience of everyone, there will be a number of drop-off locations in the downtown area.
The Community Outreach thrift store will be open, accepting donations. Jacobs said the thrift store is in need of dry goods (rice, noodles, cereals, etc.) as well as blankets and children’s coats, hats and gloves.
Dr. Randy Waddell’s office will be open, serving as a dropoff location for used glasses.
Big Horn Co-op (in front of its building in the 400 block of Greybull Avenue) and Shopko (in the former Big Horn Drug building) will be accepting Toys for Tots donations. Shopko will also be hosting a fishing ponds for children.
The Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce office is accepting donations of dog food and cat food for the Greybull Animal Shelter and Felines and Friends and can also provide information for people wishing to make donations for the cost of vaccines, spaying and neutering.
The chamber is also organizing the Rally Around the Fire Pit, which is a way of encouraging shoppers to keep their dollars at home. Here’s how it works: When you buy an item in a Greybull business, you can take the receipt (or a copy of it) and drop it off at the chamber office. By doing so, your name will be entered in a drawing for free prizes, including the fire pit itself. That drawing will take place right after the parade, somewhere around 6:15 p.m., coinciding with a business mingle.
The first event on Holidazzle lineup is actually a candy cane hunt at the library that starts at 4 p.m. Jacobs said there will be live music at the library, featuring members of the GHS choir.
The Holidazzle lighted parade will again be one of the featured attractions this year. It’ll start at 5:15 p.m. near the library and will proceed to the west. The theme is “Christmas Music Jamboree” and float builders are asked to select their favorite Christmas carol and to decorate their floats accordingly. Miss Wyoming 2014 Jessie Allen will be on hand for the festivities, joined by local pageant queens Rylee Jacobsen and Bonnie Rhodes.
Downtown Auto Clinic will be the site of this year’s free chili feed, with music provided by members of Grace Southern Baptist Church. There will also be live music at Country Floral (Alicia and Ashlee Dern) and at Probst Western Store (Scott Mattis).
Several businesses are planning fire pits to keep holiday shoppers warm, including CC’s Pizza, Big Horn Co-op, and possibly Smokehouse Saloon, and from one end of downtown to the other, businesses will be offering in-store specials and extending business hours for holiday open houses.
Last but not least, no celebration would be complete without a visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. The Bighorn Basin Geoscience Center/Cricket’s Corner building in the 500 block of Greybull Avenue will serve as Santa’s Shoppe. There will be no official photographer, so parents are encouraged to bring their own electronic devices or cameras to take their own photographs.
Look for more information in next week’s issue of the Standard.