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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 14, 2017

Kiwanis members flip switch Friday

By Vicki Tillis, Ledger lifestyles editor | Nov 27, 2017
Source: PHOTO COURTESY OF WERNER ELMKER A huge crowd gathers in Central Park Friday night for the lighting and dedication ceremony.

Once again with the flip of a switch, Fairfield became “Christmas City” during the traditional lighting and dedication ceremony Friday night at the Ron Prill Bandstand in Central Park.

This year’s holiday lights and decorations were dedicated to the Fairfield Kiwanis Club, announced Darien Sloat, executive director of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and the honor of switching on the lights was given to Kiwanis president Pete Tollenaere and active member Toni Griffith.

Sloat explained that the chamber’s Christmas Committee is tasked with choosing a person or organization who best exemplifies holiday spirit.

The Kiwanis club was recognized because of its contributions to the community.

“These are the movers and shakers behind Kids’ Day,” said Sloat.

In addition to the annual Kiwanis Club Kids’ Day parade and pancake breakfast each September; the organization also is known for presenting college scholarships; sponsoring youth sports teams; purchasing playground equipment; supporting Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Courageous, and Camp Herko Hollow diabetic kid’s camp; contributing to construction of restrooms at park ball fields, the outdoor pool, the Jefferson County Park swinging bridge, the Fairfield High School prom, Christmas on the Square, the Fairfield Police K-9; and much more.

Sloat also recognized several people and groups that contributed to the night’s success.

“First, thank you city of Fairfield employees responsible for decorating the square and maintaining the Christmas decorations and lights,” said Sloat. “Every year, Joe Hird and the rest of the city do a fantastic job.

“Second, the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas committee … Thank you to Debbi Davis, Tammy Dunbar, Vanessa Willman and Dorian Atwood,” he continued.

Sloat also drew attention to the decorations around the square.

“Most sizable is the giant snowman, which was purchased from funds donated by the community through the Trees of Lights fundraiser,” he said. “It takes a lot of $5 and $10 donations to get that up. … Thank you to everyone who has donated to that to keep this rich tradition alive.”

Each year the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce conducts the annual Trees of Lights Holiday Fundraiser to support Fairfield’s holiday lights, and the holiday lighting dedication and horse-drawn carriage rides. Donation forms were distributed in The Fairfield Ledger and also are available at the chamber office and on its website at www.fairfieldiowa.com.

For information, visit the website or contact the chamber at 472-2111 or chamber@fairfieldiowa.com.

Sloat also thanked Earl Stimson and his crew for restoring the reindeer carousel in the band stand, Dorian Atwood and Lori Fry who redecorated Santa’s Kandy Kane House, and Gavin Hammes who built a new stable for the nativity scene out of materials from a barn that was being dismantled in Jefferson County.

The evening also included Santa’s arrival, and he spent the evening chatting with boys and girls in his Kandy Kane House.

Santa is scheduled to be in his house again from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22.

The hours are posted on the door to his house and on the chamber’s website.

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