The Morrison Chamber of Commerce would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all of the businesses, organizations, school groups, churches, and individuals that participated in our 25th anniversary Christmas Walk celebration.
Those who attended the 2-day celebration were treated to the lighting of the community Christmas tree adorned with a beautiful new star, a delicious chili cook-off, live nativity, holiday window displays, shopping specials, church suppers, entertainment, refreshments, and Christmas hospitality. The weather was perfect, and a record number came out to see a truly community-themed parade. “Snowballs” thrown during the parade can still be redeemed at participating businesses for some great prizes.
Christmas Walk parade winners were most spirited entry, best use of theme, best decorated vehicle, best entry by a community group, and best entry by a business.
Winners drawn to ride in the parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus were Jack Frost (Jeff Weaver) and Suzy Snowflake (Kelsey Gibbs). Entries for the window display contest included the live window display, Christmas scene and decorated tree.
This year’s Christmas Walk would not have been possible without the assistance of these generous sponsors: Angie VanderVinne Agency, Ashford University, Community State Bank, Dunlap Lodge No. 321, Edward Jones, Farmers National Bank, Johnson Oil, Prairie Advocate, Sterling Federal Bank, Tegeler Accounting Services, THE National Bank, thecity1.com, Weets and Son Septic, Wells Fargo Bank, Whiteside News Sentinel Publications-Shawver Press, and Willett, Hofmann and Associates.
Special thanks to the Morrison Public Works employees, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Elf, the parade and window judges, parade announcer Brian Zschiesche, stable builder Barney Habben, Spangler’s Landscaping, Community State Bank, Mayor Roger Drey, and Christmas Walk committee members: Nance Anderson, Jean Eggemeyer, Sharon Habben, Jan Roggy, Bart Smith and Stephanie Vavra.
Note to readers – Corinne Bender is the administrator and economic director for the Morrison Chamber of Commerce and Morrison Area Development Corp.