Published On: Wed, Nov 23rd, 2011

Celebration produces ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling

HARTINGTON — An estimated 2,000 people filled downtown Hartington Friday for the 11th annual Candlelight Christmas celebration.
The event was even more colorful than in past years as Hartington Public School students and teacher, Laura Noecker, descended on downtown with paint brushes in hand. The students painted signs, put artwork on the two main downtown instersections and painted sidewalk directions to the various activities and events.

Hartington’s annual Holiday celebration harkens back to the old days in small town America when families would all come to town on Saturday nights to do their weekly shopping.
That’s exactly what happened here as area residents packed into local stores and eating establishments after Friday’s Parade of Lights.
The lighted vehicle parade was the highlight of the evening for many people, with over 50 entries cruising through downtown streets lined with people of all ages eagerly awaiting candy and a glimpse of Santa.
The vehicles ranged from motorcycles, cars, trucks and tractors decorated in lights to several horses adorned with Christmas trim.
The evening also featured carolling, several live Christmas card scenes and a children’s petting zoo.
Organizers were pleased with the turn-out for the event, which has been dubbed a celebration to produce “warm and fuzzy feelings.”
The event shows that even though the calendar still says November, the Christmas spirit is definitely alive and well in Hartington.