The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 8, 2012

Families flock to Fulton Christmas walk

By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer

FULTON, Ill. — Families walked from business to business, looking at different lights and displays. Children waited in line for a chance to ride on a small train that weaved up and down Fourth Street in Fulton.

These were some of the sights at the Fulton Hometown Christmas Walk on Friday.

People from Fulton and the surrounding communities came to the walk. In the Masonic Lodge, participants looked at a variety of small decorated trees, while employees from Community State Bank served refreshments.

Jessie Ewers, of Clinton, brought her 2-year-old daughter, Madeline Ewers, into the Masonic Lodge to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. This was her daughter’s first time to meet Santa. Ewers said she  really enjoyed the walk and would happily return.

A brass band played in the streets, while people visited the different buildings. Fulton High School seniors, Demi Borgman and Rachel McDonnell, stood by a fire pit to stay warm.

They enjoyed coming out to the walk and seeing all of the people and the lights. McDonnell thought the lights were very pretty.

Ava Mattke, 6, and Gabrielle Mattke, 3, stood with their mother and grandmother, enthralled as John White, of Dubuque, carved a Christmas tree out of ice.

They asked him questions about exactly what he was doing, something he encouraged. White said a lot of people, of all ages, had stopped to watch him.

“That’s the whole idea, is to be here to entertain,” White said.

Robin Mattke brought her daughters all the way from Goose Lake. Their grandmother, Jan Wede, lives in Fulton and they thought it sounded like a good idea. Mattke said she would definitely come again.

“It’s very small townish. It’s very nice,” Mattke said.