Pauls Valley Democrat
Though many communities have already officially kicked off their holiday celebrations with local festivals, the chance of winter weather is putting plans in Elmore City on hold.
Originally set to welcome visitors this Saturday, Dec. 7, officials in charge of the event like EC Chamber of Commerce President Amy Shebester decided to move the event one week as conditions into the weekend could include freezing rain, sleet and snow.
The event will instead be held Saturday, Dec. 14 along the main street in town and include participation from local citizens to many of the businesses.
“It’s usually held the first weekend of December, but because of the weather we postponed it,” said Shebester. “We don’t want anyone getting out and getting stuck.”
Per tradition, the festivities will get rolling at 5 p.m. with the return of the popular chili cook-off, where people of all ages are encouraged to show off their best recipes, according to Shebester.
It is $10 to participate in both the 17 and under division as well as the adult division, with a chance to take home brag worthy prizes of $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third.
Spicing things up is the addition of a people’s choice prize for the best overall bowl of the meaty staple and will be tallied up as people there vote on their three favorites.
The yuletide spirit really gets going at 6 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus, who will ride along in the fire truck, which will signal the Christmas lighting of Main Street from the light polls to the various buildings along the way.
For Shebester, this signifies one of the main reasons why this time of year is her favorite as the kids all cheer for the man in red, who will later pose with them in photographs at the end of the route.
“The lights go on and the fire truck lights go on and the kids just get so excited,” said Shebester.
“It’s probably the most priceless possession there is — pictures of their kids with Santa Claus.”
It all wraps up with the festive holiday singing contest where judges will decide in two divisions who belts out the best tune and participation is $5 per person. For the adults, 18 and up, there is a chance to win $100 and for those 13-17, there is a chance to sing one’s way to $50.
There will also be door prizes donated by local businesses as well as a $5 raffle ticket chances to win a fireproof 24 gun safe and all proceeds go to support the chamber of commerce. Chances for that can be bought at the chamber office, city hall, the local Pauls Valley National Bank branch, Lusters Market Place and both beauty shops in town.
“It gives everyone the joy that Christmas is coming and it’s not all hectic,” said Shebester.
“Christmas is probably my favorite holiday.”
Also put on hold recently was the previously scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, Pauls Valley Arts Council radio stage play version of It's a wonderful life. A new date will be announced later.