By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — FULTON, Ill.— Businesses will be decked out with holiday decorations and the children’s train will run along Fourth Street in Fulton as “Christmas Comes To Town” on the weekend of Dec. 6.
The community will once again hold its annual Christmas walk. Tourism Director Heather Bennett estimated the event has been a part of the city’s holiday season for more than 25 or 30 years.
“The chamber has been heavily involved in organizing it for the last 13 years,” Bennett said. “It’s a really nice community event that is free.”
The event will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, with a variety of activities. Whether shopping in the downtown area, or participating in some of the special activities, Bennett said the walk has a little bit of everything.
The Riverside Brass Quartet will play during the event and a live nativity scene will be displayed at 12th Avenue and Fourth Street. People can view gymnastic presentations at the Great River Gymnastic Studio. The Robert Fulton Community Center also will host a craft show during the walk and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Children will have a chance to talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus at Krumpets and the Grinch and “Gingy” from Shrek on the street. The children’s train will return to the event, with train rides starting at the community center. Children can also watch an ice sculptor at 11th Avenue and Fourth Street and a puppet show at the State Farm Agency.
“And everything’s in a two-block radius, so there’s not a lot of walking,” Bennett said.
For the ninth year, the 2-maile run/walk will start at 6:30. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. at Manny’s Too.
The cost for the run/walk is $14 before Monday and $20 after. Participants can register in advance by visiting the city’s website or the the Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
Last year, the Christmas walk included a small festival of trees, with area businesses decorating trees sold during a silent auction. This year, people will have a chance to purchase decorated wreaths instead.
“It’s always good to change things,” Bennett said.
A silent auction for the wreaths will be held at the Fulton Masonic Lodge, with proceeds going toward the purchase of new downtown christmas lights. Bennett said the current lights are more than 30 years old and replacement parts are no longer available.
In connection with the Christmas walk, Second Reformed Church, 703 14th Ave., Fulton, will host a live simulcast from the Women of Faith, beginning at 7 p.m. Organizer Joy Van Zuiden said this Christmas production will feature a program of Christian musicians and speakers for the whole family. She felt this would be a nice way for people to start their Christmas season.
“It’s mostly to prepare people’s hearts for the Christmas season,” Van Zuiden said.
She added the free event is inspirational and entertaining, featuring serious speakers, music and a lot of laughter.
“It’s just a real opportunity to take advantage of,” Van Zuiden said.
Holiday activities also will be available Dec. 7. Bennett said Christmas at Heritage Canyon and the illuminated walk are always favorites. The day also will feature a breakfast with Santa from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the fire station and a children’s story at 11 a.m. at Schmaling Memorial Library.
For more information on the event, visit the city’s website at www.cityoffulton.us/ or call the Fulton Chamber of Commerce at (815) 589-4545.