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Tribune’s Christmas Open House Tradition Continues

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Stacy and Chelsey Cavenee and Megan Cavenee and their children on the carriage during the Christmas Open House.

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Stacy and Chelsey Cavenee and Megan Cavenee and their children on the carriage during the Christmas 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.
“We knew 2020’s Christmas Open House would look and feel different than the well-loved event we all enjoy,” said Christy Hopkins, director of Greeley County Community Development. “Yet, we wanted to continue as many of the time-honored traditions as safely as possible and may have picked up a trick or two that we’ll carry forward into future years.”
One such change was the pre-scheduling of carriage rides, which 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. 
Many organizations offered individually packaged goods and snacks and the Star Theater hosted two showings of The Santa Clause, sponsored by TBK Bank, to allow for social distancing. Santa visited virtually with children and Greeley County Recreation and Greeley County Health Services provided Take & Make Crafts for children and youth while they hosted 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!)
The sixth graders sang Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer and We Wish You a Merry Christmas at the Christmas Tree Lighting, which was made possible by Dixon Drug and Wheatland Electric. The library hosted a book sale and Gooch’s Foods did giveaways for a roaster and a $100 gift certificate.  John Kennedy won the roaster and Tammi Hazel won the $100 gift certificate. 
Gingerbread men were handed out to friends and neighbors from I Know a Guy’s Thanks, Man activity. TBK Bank awarded each of the winners in their coloring contest $25 in Greeley County Bucks.  The winners were Elias Ordayne, Gracelyn Graham, Sayla Sherer, and Lorilai Zerr. 
“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, which will be spread out in downtown buildings this year, call the Greeley County Community Development office at (620) 376-2548.

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