Hartshorne Mayor Ashley Faulkner details the city's second annual Christmas Crawl set for this weekend.
1. What inspired the Christmas Crawl?
Fun event to bring the community out to our businesses and organizations for the Christmas season. Locally owned businesses need lots of support, they are the first ones we call for sponsorships, so they need to be the first one we go to for our shopping needs. Community events are something I remember growing up in Hartshorne it was such a big thing, I just want people to make memories and new traditions in our community.
2. What does the event include?
Dressing Cooking Contest participants will bring a fully cooked pan of dressing to city hall on Saturday, drop-off is 11-11:45 a.m., judging begins at noon, winner and runner-up will receive trophies. People are welcome to come and watch the judges’ taste-test.
Most Festive Outfit Contest will be at the corner of N. 10th street and Penn Avenue on the bandstand. Winner from each category will be chosen: Ages 2 and under, 3 years-12 years old and 13 & older. Trophy to each winner. This event is sponsored by 5th Quarter Printing.
Christmas Crawl with businesses is 2-6 p.m. Each crawl cardholder (Crawl cards were donated by Briggs Printing) will visit the 24 businesses listed on the card, each business will have a special sweet treat for card holders only. When the cardholders finish the crawl they will go to the train depot and vote for favorite sweet treat. Fan Favorite wins a trophy and bragging rights. If people don’t have a crawl card, we still encourage those people to come out and shop. People still can visit and get a picture with Santa Claus in the train caboose (2-6 p.m.), Santa will be handing out gifts (provided by Hartshorne Police and Fire Department) for a limited time that day (this is open to everyone not just crawl cardholders). Also, there will be a kids Christmas Craft setup in front of Lil Miner Learning Center on Main Street start at 3 p.m., 150 available, kids can take the craft home or sit down and enjoy putting it together (open to everyone).
Businesses/Organizations this year seem to really be getting in on the competition side of the crawl, it’s been very entertaining listening and watching the fun banter of business talking up their sweet treats.
Twin Cities Revitalization is hosting a cash giveaway drawing, businesses can make a donation and give out tickets on Dec. 7 to shoppers who make $5 or more purchase. Tickets will only be given on the 7th and must be present to win at the drawing. The drawing will take place following the Christmas parade, between Liberty Theater and Simple Simons. (I will attach a list of businesses participating) Businesses/participants need to be sure and drop off the tickets they keep to Simple Simons before the parade begins to make sure all tickets will be in the drawing.
Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Christmas parade, theme is Christmas through the Years, lineup is 6 p.m. at Pettit Oil and Gas, parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Trophies to winners, candy sacks for all the kids will be handed out following the parade in front of Liberty Theater.
Edgewood United Methodist Church will be hosting a Live Nativity between 5-6 p.m.
Tree Lighting hosted by Chamber of Commerce will take place following parade located next to Liberty Theater.
Liberty Theater is celebrating 100 years, they will be having their annual Christmas Show, “Christmas Celebration 2019" and show starts at 7:30 p.m., purchase tickets at the box office.
3. How can people and businesses participate?
Crawl cards are available at Mark’s RC and Hobbies in Haileyville and Bokay’s by Jerry’s in Hartshorne. (cards are close to being sold out) If you don’t get a card, still come and shop on Dec. 7 because Twin Cities Revitalization has “Shop Local” cash drawing that day. Businesses can extend business hours to join in on the festivities.
4. Where do the proceeds go?
100% of the 150 crawl card sales go to City of Hartshorne Recreation and Events fund for the Park/Pool Renovation.
5. How does this event benefit the community?
This shows support for our local businesses and raising funds for our community park and pool. It’s also bringing back some old fashioned community fun to Hartshorne and Haileyville. The event continues to grow, so there may be more surprises come Saturday. I am extremely thankful for the people working behind the scenes to make this fun day of Christmas happening. Everyone in both communities are coming together to make Saturday such a fun-filled day. City of Hartshorne employees have lit up city hall with lights and decorations. We have been lucky to receive donations and only had to purchase minimal lights. This is the first time in a very long time that city hall has been so festive.
Businesses/Organizations participating in Shop Local Drawing:
Hartshorne Feed and Seed
Mark’s RC & Hobbies
Rebel Bait Shop/Mean Screen Ink
ASAP General Store
Simple Simons Pizza
Hartshorne Junior Class
Super Suds Laundry
Flash N Dash
Little Miner Learning Center
Bokay’s by Jerry
Donors to the drawing, but not handing out tickets:
Twin Cities Revitalization
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Second Annual Twin Cities Christmas Crawl
WHEN: Events throughout the day Dec. 7
WHERE: Hartshorne and Haileyville participating businesses
COST: $5 per punch card, only 150 available (100% of Christmas Crawl sales goes to City of Hartshorne Recreation and Events fund to be used for Park/Pool renovations)