Although the first Christmas in the Park in Mountain City had a rather light turnout Saturday, plans are already in motion to make next years event bigger and better. Casey Dorenbusch, who had the idea for the Christmas celebration at Ralph Stout Park, says he feels the impending snow storm in the forecast for Sunday prompted many would-be attendees to finish their Christmas shopping instead while the roads were still in good condition.
Those that did come out to roast hot dogs and marshmallows, drink hot chocolate and dress the parks evergreens in their Christmas best enjoyed a mild December day. The Neva and Butler Ruritan clubs, Subas Restaurant and 421 Apostolic Church brought the park to life with lights, decorations and garland draped on pine branches and fences. Arthurs Mobile Kitchen was on hand to keep the folks fed and happy while they worked.
Dorenbusch is enthusiastic when he talks about future festivals in Mountain City. I see Christmas in the Park becoming an annual event just like the Sunflower Festival and the Pumpkin Festival. He hopes to coordinate next years activities with the Chambers Christmas parade. He thinks making a day of it starting with the parade and then gathering at the park immediately afterwards will keep the Christmas spirit flowing.