An practically 20-12 months tradition in Downtown Hays, the Frostfest Parade, will appear a small various this 12 months. Downtown Hays Advancement Corp. has consulted with the Hays Law enforcement Section and established a conventional parade is not in the community’s ideal desire. With COVID-19 conditions nonetheless at a large, several alternatives ended up thought of.
“We don’t want to say the parade is canceled,” stated Sara Bloom DHDC government director. “But we’re calling on the community to produce an incredible occasion, as opposed to any parade we’ve ever had ahead of.”
DHDC is searching to the neighborhood to “be” the Frostfest parade. The community is encouraged to enhance their autos, toss on some glow sticks, and split out all those Santa and elf hats. From 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19, DHDC hopes Key Street will switch into a magical, illuminated wonderland of cheerful vehicle hundreds.
Suppose your small business had ideas to be a portion of the parade? In that situation, DHDC hopes you will nevertheless be a aspect of the fun and appears to be like ahead to observing your entry on Primary Road, wishing the neighborhood a Merry Christmas.
“This is the very best year to develop this style of Xmas party,” Bloom mentioned. “The DHDC Actual physical Advancement Committee worked seriously really hard this calendar year to make Primary Street the brightest it truly is ever been. The wreaths have new lights, the tree in UP Park has triple the bulbs on it, it can be all just definitely lovely and generates a amazing ambiance.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus are generally the grand finale of the parade each individual calendar year and they will however have a large job in this year’s party. 1012 Main will be briefly turned into Santa’s workshop. The transformation will start out on the 15th. Then on the evening of the 19th, young ones will be ready to see Santa performing tricky in his workshop and checking his checklist two times. They’ll even be in a position to drop off their letters. DHDC asks that this Santa remain the only “stay” Santa existing at the occasion.
“We’re attempting to produce as a lot Christmas magic as attainable although maintaining the community’s wellbeing top of mind,” Bloom reported. “Absolutely everyone involved in this conclusion agreed we didn’t want to cancel. The group demands Frostfest, but we require to preserve persons risk-free too.”
Characters these types of as a reindeer, a snowman, a Christmas tree, and more will also be creating appearances on The Bricks. Watch for them to be strolling Key Avenue and waving to passing autos. Glow sticks and other treats will be distributed in front of the Chestnut Setting up, 1200 Main Street, by numerous companies, which includes DHDC.
For a continual stream of Xmas tunes and warm greetings from Downtown Hays in the course of your cruise, flip your radio dial to KAYS 94.3FM or 1400AM, courtesy of Eagle Radio.
The parade will not likely be the only function enduring a transform. The Annual Downtown Dollar Giveaway will be moving to a virtual structure. Now by December 19, prospects can shop 15 Downtown enterprises to generate tickets into a $2,000 and $1,000 Downtown Greenback drawing. The drawing was prepared for 5:00 pm inside The Strand Function Centre. Rather of developing a large collecting, the prizes will now be drawn practically by using a Fb reside on The Bricks in Downtown Hays Facebook web page, similar date and time. If you are a ticket holder, you’re encouraged to watch the stay on December 19 at 5:00 pm, but winners will have 48 hrs to occur forward with the profitable ticket and declare their prize.
DHDC appreciates the community’s knowing as we operate hard to create harmless gatherings in Downtown Hays for all to appreciate. Though these revised activities are not excellent, DHDC is honored to be a aspect of the holiday enjoyable and to perform a small component in retaining traditions alive.