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Preparations made for Christmas on Commercial

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The holidays are generally filled with shopping and stress. It is rare that we actually take the time to step away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a day with our families. This time of year Commercial Street gets a Christmastime face lift to prepare for the Ol’ Time Christmas on Commercial Street celebration. It is Morgan City’s way of saying thank you to its residents. The entire Morgan City Council has been incredibly supportive of this undertaking each year. Without the council’s support and hard work, events like this would not be possible. This year Morgan City Event Coordinator Shayla Hurlbut has taken some of the coordination load from Councilwoman Shelly Betz, who has put on an amazing event every year. This is a huge undertaking, but Hurlbut is up to the task. Community events throughout the year are special times to gather together as a community, fellowshipping with one another and enjoying the season. They are a critical part of creating unity, camaraderie and continued growth in our relationships and friendships, Hurlburt said. I am looking forward to being a part of some great traditions. It takes months of preparation to pull off an event of this magnitude. Volunteers are a key part of Christmas on Commercial Street. If you would like to be a part of this magic, please contact Hurlbut at the city offices. The electric light parade has become a part of the Christmas on Commercial Street tradition that residents look forward to. These brilliant lights and smiling faces that make the streets shine in holiday splendor are followed by a fireworks display. If you would like to participate in this year’s parade, entry forms can be picked up at Ridley’s or at the Morgan City Offices. Questions can be directed to Becky Shaw. Shaw has organized many successful parades for the city and is a valuable part of the team. Last year’s entrants set the bar high, but big or small, it is a lot of fun to participate in this new tradition and not as much work as one might think. All light parade entries will be judged and there will be a first place award of $300, a second place award of $200 and a third place award of $100. This is a great chance to earn some extra holiday cash, so put some lights on your bike, your kids, your hubby, the dog, whatever you have, said Betz. The parade will take place Friday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Because of safety concerns, there will be nothing thrown from the floats. After the parade, warm up at Morgan High School and enjoy the holiday sounds of the Morgan Valley Orchestra. At 2:15 p.m. Saturday Dec. 6, Santa will arrive with the Morgan fire department to kick off the afternoon activities. This year’s activities will include free kids games and free face painting. Santa will visit with each child and while they are waiting in line, they can write letters to Santa and visit with Mrs. Claus. The elf on the shelf tradition will be continued throughout the day to encourage residents to browse the local shops, old and new. Popcorn and cider will be offered at no charge, but if you are hungry for something more, warm up and enjoy a hot meal with the family at Deb’s. The gingerbread contest is an amazing display of local talent. The categories for this event have changed this year to encourage more youth participation as well as high quality adult/family entries. Cash prizes will be given for the adult/family category only this year. First place $300, second place $200 and third place will be $100. There will be two youth categories, kids ages 1-11 and kids ages 12-17. Kids category winners will take home some fun prizes as well, so encourage your children to participate. There will also be a mayor’s choice and a people’s choice prize, so please make sure to take time to vote for your favorite entry that evening. And don’t forget to stop by and see the Grinch. This performance always brings giggles and smiles as the grinchy favorite involves the audience every step of the way. In lieu of the boutique that is sometimes held in conjunction with Christmas on Commercial Street, the Morgan chapter of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers ask you to join them for a Hometown Pioneer Christmas and Boutique. The craft bazaar will be held at the DUP museum on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. The evening will wind down with the raffle, announcement of contest winners, sing along, ringing of the bells and, of course, the lighting of the tree. Be sure to bring your unwrapped toys or monetary donations to be entered into the raffle. If you have never experienced this hometown family event, make this your first year. Come be a part of what makes Morgan truly unique.

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