Christmas Stroll gets a makeover

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Christmas Stroll gets a makeover
SPOOKY HOUSE — This house on Virginia St., across from the new Senior Community Center, was about as spooky as you can get for Halloween. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   Everyone get ready, the next big city event is sneaking up on you faster than you think.
   The annual Chamber of Commerce sponsored Christmas Stroll will have a new look this year.
Instead of having the whole event on a Friday, beginning in the evening, the community event has taken a shift to Saturday, Dec. 5.
   There will be vendors galore for your Christmas shopping pleasure. They will be located at the Moose Lodge and in the hallway at the Pondera Village Shopping Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   We have word that Santa Claus will be in Conrad for the day and will take last minute Christmas requests from children at Stockman Bank from 1-3 p.m.
   Old St. Nick will also be in the cardboard parade that will line up in front of Mike’s Mufflers and More at 709 S. Main St. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. and progress down Main St. to the courthouse at 20 4th Ave. SW for the traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree.
   A student will still light the tree, but instead of writing an essay as in the past, there will be ballots for the grade K-3 at the Conrad library.
   The Conrad Transportation and Historical Museum will be open from noon to 6 p.m. for the holiday occasion and the library will be presenting their annual recital starting at 3 p.m.
   Businesses all up and down Main St.  should have their doors open for shopping. The Wells Fargo Bank will also be open for you to stop by.
   While they missed last year, the Home Café is back again this year and will be offering free chili and cinnamon rolls for a can or box of food, that will be donated to the local Food Pantry. Yummers, you can’t hardly beat a deal like that.
   The evening will all come together with the ever popular Christmas Tree auction.
   This year it will take place in the old G&D Hardware store located next to the Pondera Funeral Home on Main St. The bidding action takes starts at 7 p.m. The proceeds of the auction help purchase new Christmas lights for Main St.
   This fast paced event is a lot of fun, even if you don’t bid on one of the elegant trees out on the floor.
   Watch The I-O for more information later on There are more details to be worked out, this is just to whet your appetite. For now, call Judy Larson at the CofC office, 271-7791, if you have a question or want more information.