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Gladbrook holds 23rd Annual Tree Lighting

November 27, 2019
Northern-Sun Print

Gladbrook's 23rd annual tree lighting was held on Wed., Nov. 20th. It was a beautiful warm November night. We believe this was the largest crowd we have ever had for a tree lighting, so that was exciting. Young and old alike really enjoyed the Frozen theme.

The upper level of the City Center was alive with the laughter of children as they visited with Santa Claus and received their Santa Sacks. Sue Koster played Christmas carols and helped everyone get into the spirit of the season. The kids loved getting their pictures taken with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf by the lighted blue and white castle, and running through the Frozen tunnel.

Many adults and kids handed in coloring sheets. Those participating signed up to win a gift basket. The winners were: Adult- Anthony Dixon, and kids: Luscrista Orozco. The coloring sheets are on display in the Festival of Trees.

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The Gladbrook Young Women donated 11 special “Frozen” gifts. One for each of the 11 age brackets for the boys and girls. Pictured are a few of the lucky winners with Olaf. (l-r) Bennett Schmidt, Brianna Ferch, Austin Pencil (holding his and Axel Peters not pictured prize) and Amaya Peterson. A fun time was had by all!!!!

Everyone was amazed by the beautifully decorated trees they viewed as they walked by the Frozen tunnel. There are 39 amazing displays and unique and colorful trees. The trees were judged the night before the tree lighting. The winners are: Religious- Gladbrook United Methodist Church; Organizations- Gladbrook Fire & Rescue; Business- JS Design & Paint ; Youth- Crayon Corner Learning Center; Miscellaneous- Iowa Hawkeyes submitted by Nicole Clapp; and Judges Choice- Peace United Church of Christ.

Both the young and the old enjoyed riding on the beautifully lighted trolley pulled by a team of Belgiums belonging to Dennis Dostal. The trolley rides were sponsored by Great Western Bank and Goos Implement.

Outside hot dogs and hot apple cider were served.

Pastor Joe Hackett, Peace UCC, emceed the program. The kids were excited to lead the count down to the lighting of the evergreen tree donated by Merlyn & Connie Appelgate. Followed by members of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck chorus leading the singing of several traditional Christmas carols. The Gladbrook Commercial Club would like to extend a big thank you to the students for sharing their beautiful music.

Prizes, prizes and more prizes were given away. Every kid received a prize. Many adults won prizes, as well, all donated by Gladbrook merchants. The lucky winners of the $25 trade dollars were Marilyn Mooney, Corissa Snider (standing in for her dad, Doug Rowe), Tina Zitzow, and Holly Smith.

We want to especially thank Mercy One Gladbrook Family Medicine, MLS Transfer, Hatch Grading, Gladbrook Theater, Hometown Family Market, Gladbrook Ins., Grundy Memorial Hospital, Mid-Iowa Coop and Anderson Funeral Homes for their very generous donations and ?nancial support besides all of our area businesses. A special thank you to the Gladbrook Young Women for decorating the Santa stage, doing the shopping for the kids prizes, the man-power during the activities and their ?nancial support. It was greatly appreciated

The Festival of Trees will be on display in the upstairs of the City Center through December. The times are 6-9 Mon-Fri., except closed on Thurs., and Sat. & Sun. 1-5 & 6-9. The City Center will be closed on Dec. 24th & 25th. You will be very pleasantly surprised when you visit the Festival of Trees, so bring your family, friends and neighbors. We would like to thank all the businesses, organizations, churches and individuals that participated.

The tree lighting activities are sponsored by the Gladbrook Commercial Club. We hope everyone has a happy holiday season.



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