Light up the squareGood turnout for annual lighted event reported
Whether the reason is people making the annual lighted parade a family tradition, or increased advertising of the event, or the nice weather Friday evening, Main Street Washington director Sarah Sadrakula said that she was very happy with the outcome of the event.
In looking around the square on Friday evening, Sadrakula said that finding a parking space would have been hard. She said that service clubs giving out refreshments during the event ran out of hot cocoa at 355 cups and out of hot dogs after giving over 500. She believes over 700 people attended the event around the square.
“Most of the stores I talked to this weekend had great nights on Friday,” she said. “They had record-breaking nights. People were shopping before the parade, keeping warm.”
She also said there were about 18 floats in the annual parade. She said that overall she is happy with the number of people who came out and participated.
Sadrakula also said that the program leading up to the parade went well. She said people she spoke with were happy with the content and the length. She also said the temperature was warmer that it was last year. The performances included Little Miss Iowa Madison Phipps, who sang along with the Washington Choral Society. The Washington County Relay For Life committee gave a presentation. Singer Sarah Ramirez also performed. Hayrack rides given around the square were constantly full. Santa’s house had steady people in from the time the parade ended until 9 p.m.
As the events of the weekend continued, Sadrakula said Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning was “phenomenal” and very well-attended. She said that about 200 people attended.
“The Lions Club went through more pancake mix than they ever have for one of these breakfasts,” Sadrakula said. “Santa was thrilled.”
She said there were several new events at the breakfast, including cookie decoration and letter writing to Santa.
The Jingle Bell Run was also well-attended, she said. She estimated about 200 people participated.
Sadrakula said that Santa’s House in the former library is the main holiday event for the remainder of the season. She said that the library would be open most every weekend. She also said the Elf on a Shelf promotion is still being held.