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Community Open House starts holiday season in Tribune

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Brandy Clevenger and her children, left to right, Lexi, Luke, Brooklyn, and Briella, enjoyed visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Greeley County Library on Friday evening.

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Brandy Clevenger and her children, left to right, Lexi, Luke, Brooklyn, and Briella, enjoyed visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Greeley County Library on Friday evening.

Tribune’s annual Community Christmas Open House filled main street with community members on the evening of Friday, November 17th. People of all ages were out shopping and participating in the activities offered by various businesses and organizations. One of the most popular events is always the free horse-drawn carriage rides, sponsored by First FarmBank and beginning at DJs on Broadway. This year was no exception as many enjoyed rides around town in the relatively mild November weather. Another popular event is visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Library. Children wrote letters to Santa, then visited with Santa about their wishes for Christmas. The Soup and Pie Supper and Craft Fair packed the VFW Post Home for a good part of the evening. Several craft vendors were set up for business with attractive items for sale. Face-painting, a photo booth, and popcorn were attractions offered by Greeley County Health Services at the Senior Center. Lots of faces were painted and popcorn eaten. Children were also invited to the CYAT Center to write letters to Santa and have refreshments. The free children’s movie this year was “Trolls,” and attendees also got free pop and popcorn, all sponsored by TBK Bank. Lots of cookies were decorated at the Community Development office, which also held an Open House Bingo game. Winners of the Christmas Open House Bingo were Melissa Walk and Scott Kuhlman. The first Christmas Medallion Hunt clue was released by Community Development, and the “Shop Locally for Christmas” program officially began, with customers receiving tickets with their local purchases for a chance to win Greeley County Bucks. Specials in businesses attracted many shoppers and there were good bargains to be found. All in all, the evening was enjoyable, the weather nice and the fellowship a good beginning to the holidays.
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