The festivities kicked off Friday night at the Mount Pulaski
Christian Church Family Life Center with an event called Polar
Express Movie Night. Kids gathered here to play games, eat pizza,
write letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus in attendance, make reindeer
food and watch the Tom Hanks movie, “The Polar Express.”
The kids were entertained from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Eight-year old
Beau Tschantz of Mount Pulaski attended the event and said his
favorite part was the movie. He also said they were busy all night
doing activities and by the end of the night he was tired.
Luckily, the kids had time to recover and be ready to go by 5 p.m.
Saturday night for the first Lighted Christmas parade.
The cold temperatures had folks bundled up but eager to spread
Christmas joy. Leading the parade was a group of young ladies on
their horses, all braving the cold to make the trip from the high
school all the way to the town square.
Others who rode around and tossed out candy included local royalty,
the MPHS Homecoming King Lukas Aylesworth and Queen Gabby Henson, as
well as Logan County Fair Queen Michelle Paulus and Little Miss
Logan County Paisley Baker.
The Siebert family also had the honor of being named the First
Community Family. Rob and Jill, who are raising three fine children
in this community, have dedicated their time and efforts to the
community for years and they are very deserving of this recognition.
Notable parade winners included True Form Fitness of Mount Pulaski,
whose float consisted of a variety of exercise equipment and people
on them. Club owner Danita Barger sat atop the bike spinning the
entire parade route. “I haven’t stopped,” she was heard shouting to
the parade goers.
Other winners included the Mount Pulaski Cub Scout Pack 122 and
Blake Eskew with Eskew Racing.
Last, but certainly not least, Santa arrived at the end of the
parade and proceeded to dismount from the farm truck driven by Chris
Martin and make his way to the Mount Pulaski Courthouse to greet all
the little children, and big children, who eagerly awaited his
Photo opportunities galore took place here, along with more food and
fun for the whole family. Tom Martin served hot chocolate while Mary
Ann Radtke read to a group of children in a room nearby and it
appeared that a good time was had by all. A complete staff of
volunteers were on hand as well to see that everyone had everything
they needed to make the evening perfect.
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President of Community Pride, Marcy Seitzer, summed up the weekend in this
manner, "We are so thankful for such an incredibly successful weekend. We
started two new Christmas traditions this past weekend in Mount Pulaski. First,
the Polar Express brought in about 70 children Friday night and the first Mount
Pulaski Lighted Christmas Parade consisted of about 20 entries.”
Seitzer continued, "The parade was a time to honor our First Community Family
award winners and that went to Rob and Jill Siebert and their family. Community
Pride would like to thank the community for their continued support in helping
us fulfill our ideas and dreams with you. Have a very blessed and Merry
Renee Martin, vice chairman of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation, was also
delighted with the events of the weekend. “I really love seeing the courthouse
come to life, especially during Christmas time,” she said. “There truly is a
magic in the air.”
Martin continued, "The Courthouse Foundation has a few major goals: Restore and
maintain the courthouse, bring the community together and give back to the
community by providing memorable experiences. This year the Courthouse
Foundation teamed up with Community Pride and provided a Christmas weekend. Sam
Brown was the mastermind behind the Polar Express and the parade. I thought the
parade was great for the first year!”
Martin continued excitedly, “The floats were unique and so pretty lit up. One of
my favorite things is also blasting Christmas music all over the square when
Santa comes to town. Thanks to my cousin Nick Davis for that this year!”
Martin also mentioned the success of the weekend. “We had approximately 100
people come into the courthouse Saturday night. Site manager Barbara Stroud-Borth
greeted folks, Amanda Doherty and Jamie Jones ran a craft table and I helped
Santa with all the kiddos. I could not do these events without a team,” she
“Santa was also presented with approximately 75 letters that the kids wrote at
the Polar Express. Santa received more letters from kiddos and even some treats
to eat. A big thanks to Santa for making a trip from the North Pole to greet all
the kids. Val McCue also donates her time to take pictures of everyone Santa
greets,” Martin said.
Martin also commented on the joint efforts with Community Pride and was quite
pleased with how everyone enjoyed the events. “The Polar Express, well, not only
did the excitement of joy beam from the kids, but I saw it from the adults, too!
Maybe it was too much sugar from the cookies and the hot chocolate bar,” she
said, laughing, “but it was a really fun evening. Very well planned and
executed. Working with Community Pride was great and I hope that more
organizations will join us in the future. We are all working towards the same
goal, which is to see our community alive and vibrant. We are lucky to live in
such a great place!”
Martin’s words are so true. On a side note, Martin mentioned that “our town was
referred to as Stars Hollow, from the Gilmore Girls show, last night.” Martin
thought it was Doherty that had made the reference and Martin added, “When you
think about it, she’s right!”
True, very true. Merry Christmas from Mount Pulaski!