November 28, 2010

Smithville Festival of Lights - 2010

Christmas is in the air! If gingerbread men and visions of sugar plums dance through your head, you need to soothe your sweet tooth with a Candyville Christmas and kick off the holidays at the 20th Annual Smithville Festival of Lights. Here are some of the highlights of the event:
  • 5K Fun Run/Walk--$10/person, includes t-shirt that attests you can “Run, run as fast as you can…You can’t catch the Smithville Gingerbread Man!”
  • Artisan Booths--An arts & crafts market with vendors selling unique, handmade wares will be set up at the Smithville Rec Center and on Main Street.
  • Food Court--What good is a Candyville Christmas without some delicious food to eat?
  • Ann Powell Express Train--To get around, just hop a ride on the Ann Powell Express, Smithville’s roving train through town.
  • Live Entertainment--Live bands and choirs alike will provide holiday music to add to the festive mood.
  • Kids Fest--Free fun for kids of all ages! From 10am-5pm, there will be game booths, contests, face painting, a bounce house, and a petting zoo. There will also be tricycle races and pictures with Santa or the "gingerbread family" facade. For a small fee, children may decorate a tree or build a gingerbread house. And everyone can spin the wheel at the Candyville game board in front of Playhouse Smithville on Main Street.
  • Baking of the Cookie--This year, due to popular demand, Gingerbread Man Jr. will be made out of sugar instead of gingerbread. In 2006, volunteers baked the Guinness World Book of Records Largest Gingerbread Man at 20' tall x 10' wide. The cookie sheet is now erected next to the Gazebo, and with a cover painted just like the winning cookie.  G-Man Jr. is only 8' tall x 4' wide. But everyone is welcome to a piece!
  • Volksmarch--From noon to 3 p.m., the Festival of Lights Volksmarch through Historic Smithville will be held, with an ending time of 6 p.m. The event is noncompetitive and everyone participating MUST register.
  • Lighted Parade--The annual lighted parade begins just after dark. The parade is concluded with Santa waving from atop the city’s fire engine and wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas!”
  • Free Main Street Play--After the parade, Playhouse Smithville will present a free viewing of “Frosty v. the Abominable Snowman.” Refreshments, including hot chocolate, will be available for this outdoor family friendly holiday play.
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