By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer
FULTON, Ill. — Despite frigid December temperatures on Friday, Fulton residents came out and bundled up to support the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk in downtown Fulton.
The annual event takes place on the first Friday of December each year and, according to Chamber of Commerce executive director Heather Bennett, this is the coldest it has been in years.
“It’s usually not this cold during the walk, so it started a little slow but it looks to be picking up as the night goes along,” Bennet said. “The Chamber pays and organizes this event, so we want to see people out enjoying it while supporting us and the downtown businesses.”
As parents sipped on apple cider and cocoa to keep warm, the children we’re not bothered by the temperature while standing in line to see Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Those children yelling “there’s Santa,” with elation, competed against the sound of the chainsaw down the street slicing into a slab of ice during the ice sculpture display and the holiday jingle of the Christmas train running back and forth along the street.
There was plenty for the children to enjoy at the free, family event, and parents got a few treats along the way as well.
The craft show at the Robert Fulton Community Center was a popular place to be for many families, not only to warm up from the blustery wind outside, but to also see homemade jewelry, scarves and trinkets.
But, for Arlene Rose Considine, also known as the Christmas woman, the best part of the Christmas walk is seeing the decorations around downtown Fulton.
“I always volunteer to help decorate,” Considine said. “Everyone takes great pride in things of their traditions, and I am always happy to be involved with things of Christmas.”
As for the business owners inside their heated buildings, the support from the community on a cold Friday night is all the warmth they need.
“It’s a wonderful community activity,” Susan May of Susan’s Calico Creations said. “We love it every year.”