Hometown Christmas expands lineup this year

Posted 3/12/15

By Tim Schmidt Record Managing Editor With more activities on the schedule, Hometown Christmas organizers are pleased with how this year’s event is shaping up. They hope the public takes advantage …

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Hometown Christmas expands lineup this year

Record Managing EditorWith more activities on the schedule, Hometown Christmas organizers are pleased with how this year’s event is shaping up.They hope the public takes advantage of the the full lineup this Friday, Dec. 4.Hosted by the Warrenton Downtown Association, Hometown Christmas will feature past favorites such as horse carriage rides, chili cook-off and a lighted parade.New this year will be performances by the Warrenton High School band and choir groups and the College United Methodist Church praise band, as well as a live performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Belle Starr Theatre.In addition, several Main Street businesses will stay open late and offer activities and refreshments. A live Nativity scene, highlighted by animals from Big Joel’s Safari, will be on display throughout the evening.Most of the events will take place between 4:45 and 8:30 p.m.“With better weather and more participation, it should be bigger and better,” WDA President Brenda Sue Fowler said. “It’ a great family event and offers fun for the whole family.”An opening ceremony will be held at Friedens United Church of Christ at 4:45 p.m. with a tree lighting to follow at 5 p.m.The lighted parade is scheduled to start soon after. Businesses, churches and organizations are encouraged to participate by building floats, decorating a car or motorcycle, or walking with a banner. To participate, contact Malissa Booth at irl_goddess@yahoo.com.The chili cook-off will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Brewskies. Entries will be judged on flavor, texture, aroma and appearance. A team of judges will select the best chili, which will receive a traveling trophy and $25, and most creative chili, which will win $50.A People’s Choice winner will be recognized for receiving the most monetary donations and receive a $25 cash prize.The entry fee for the chili cook-off is $50. All proceeds will benefit Agape.Teams can register by contacting Alouise Marschel at 636-359-0255 or amchatwarrentonmo@yahoo.com.Agape also will hold a bike giveaway, while free carriage rides will be offered at PNC Bank. Children can have their picture taken with Santa at Brenda Sue’s starting at 5:30 p.m.The Warren County Historical Society, located at 102 W. Walton, will be open and will have Christmas decorations and Nativity sets on display. It will be showing the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Live Nativity scene.