Saturday, November 20, 2010

Small Town Elements: Light Up Night

For the first time ever, I got to attend Light Up Night activities last night!  It started off with a Parade, headed by the award winning Kittanning High School Band.

There were lots of other characters in the parade, including Mrs. Claus and The Grinch.
There were fire trucks, and of course, SANTA!!!

After the parade, Santa circled around, and flipped the switch to turn on the lights, first on the left side of the street
then on the right side of the street.
People then lined up to see Santa and have pictures taken with him.  Since we were not going to do that, we meandered around Market Street to see what all was going on.  There were people selling popcorn, hot chocolate, cider, cookies, and some food.  

There were pumpkin pie eating contests, and pony rides.

The Grinch was available for photo ops.

A local church sponsored a Gingerbread village, including a gingerbread replica of the Armstrong County Courthouse.

Stores decorated their windows.

But one of my favorite things was this:

Since both our dads are Vets, we put an ornament on for each of them, and they hang side by side.

Finally, it was time to walk home, but not before getting a lasting impression about the true meaning of the season.

What a blessing it is living in a small town.