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Christmas committee purchases snowman

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Nov 16, 2017
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo A 15-foot snowman stands proudly on the lawn of Fairfield’s Central Park. The decoration is the latest addition to the set of large ornaments that put downtown visitors in a festive spirit.

Notice anything different in Central Park lately?

Hint: He’s a jolly soul with a button nose and two eyes made of coal.

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Committee recently purchased a 15-foot-tall snowman to add to the slew of large decorations which recently returned to Central Park. Chamber event coordinator Brittney Tiller said the snowman is made of sturdy fiberglass.

“It cost over $6,000,” she said. “We saved up for years to make that purchase. Christmas decorations of that size are unbelievably expensive.”

Tiller said the committee discovered the snowman in a catalog while searching for a big, kid-friendly decoration.

The snowman was purchased with money from the chamber’s Trees of Lights fundraiser, which funds the decorations and lights around the square. People can make a donation or a memorial in honor of a loved one. The chamber will recognize donors and designees in The Fairfield Ledger during the last week in December unless they wish to be anonymous.

The Christmas committee has adopted a tag line to promote the downtown holiday decorations this year, which is “Fairfield: Where Christmas comes alive.”

Tiller said those aren’t empty words, either. At a time when other towns have moved away from 3-dimensional ornaments, settling for wires and lights, Fairfield’s Christmas committee is working hard to preserve the square’s vintage feel.

Clayton Herman, part-owner of H & H Mold of Fairfield, said one of the reasons he moved his business to town was that he was so impressed with the downtown when he came to visit.

Holiday lighting ceremony

The holiday lights around the square will be turned on at 6 p.m. sharp on Nov. 24. Every year, a member of the community is given the honor of flipping the switch. Last year, the honor went to Joe Hird. In his role as assistant superintendent of Fairfield’s street department, Hird has helped decorate the city for 17 years.

The Fairfield High School choir will start singing carols downtown at 5:30 p.m. Tiller said many downtown retailers will have luminaries out, and several will remain open later than normal to allow residents to do their Christmas shopping. The At Home store will serve free hot chocolate from 5:30-7 p.m.

Santa will arrive at his Kandy Kane House at 6 p.m. Doug Smith will provide horse-drawn wagon rides around the square. Both of those activities will last until 8 p.m. City employees from the public works department put up the decorations and maintain them. They will leave them up until Jan. 8.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Nov 24, 2017 18:11

This CHP officer was once homeless and living in parks …

If Jesus came back today he would be homeless living in Central Park and charged with vagrancy.
Matt. 25:40 Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren you did it to me.

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