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Tribune’s Christmas Open House Welcomes Hundreds Downtown

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Free horse and carriage rides were a popular activity at Friday’s Open House.

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Free horse and carriage rides were a popular activity at Friday’s Open House.

Tribune’s Christmas Open House was celebrated and enjoyed by Greeley County residents and people from surrounding communities last Friday night.  Those attending enjoyed seasonable weather, a variety of events and activities, and business owners shared positive feedback about the evenings’ traffic and participation.
 “What a beautiful evening we enjoyed for this year’s Christmas Open House!” said Christy Hopkins, director of Greeley County Community Development. “It was wonderful to see downtown filled with people, taking in an array of fun events and activities. We are so grateful to all the businesses and organizations dedicate their time, effort, and sponsorship to make the evening a success.”
The free carriage rides booked up early and the community is exploring having a second one available for next year’s event.  The carriage rides are sponsored and hosted by First Farm Bank. Rides were reserved using an online sign-up tool, allowing individuals to enjoy other activities throughout the evening rather than waiting in line.  This same online sign-up worked well for families to schedule their visits with Santa.
The VFW reported an impressive turnout at the soup dinner which was held alongside a craft fair there.  Children and families took in a free showing of Fred Claus, sponsored by TBK Bank. Santa visited with children at First Farm Bank and Greeley County Recreation and Greeley County Health Services did face-painting and wrote letters to Santa along with hosting the Angel Tree. (There are still tags left on the tree – be sure to stop by and help make a Greeley County youth’s Christmas!)
Members of the Greeley County music department sang carols at the Christmas Tree Lighting, which was made possible by Dixon Farms and Wheatland Electric. The Greeley County Library hosted music and a book sale. Greeley County Community Development hosted a s’mores station on the nicely-decorated lot south of the library.  A number of businesses held open houses and ran specials throughout the day.
 “We appreciate everyone who took part in the Christmas Open House and are looking forward to the Very Merry Market this Friday,” says Hopkins.
For more information on the Christmas Open House or the Very Merry Market, call the Greeley County Community Development office at (620) 376-2548.

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