MIDDLEPORT — Middleport is set to see a warmer and sunnier day Saturday, Dec. 5. Residents and visitors alike are also set to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and others during the Middleport Christmas Parade.
While the parade itself is not set to kick off until 4:30 p.m., festivities will begin as early as 10 a.m., when the Christmas market, held at the Riverbend Arts Council building, will be open to the public. There will be two $50 cash drawings that will be awarded at the end of the day, and anyone interested in participating can register at any of the vendor’s tables in the market. You do not have to be present to win the drawings.
There will be about 18 vendors, according to Texanna Wehrung.
“Everyone has something different,” she said.
Some of the specific items that will be available this year include a Cats Meow, or a wooden keepsake shaped like a famous landmark or building, will be available. There are five designs altogether with two new designs this year: wooden keepsakes shaped like Middleport Post Office and the Middleport, Ohio Carnegie Library.
Wehrung, one of the five officers of the Middleport Community Association, who are putting on the event, said that Mike Roach will bring his horse and carriage to Middleport around 1:30 p.m. and will be offering free carriage rides in front of the Riverbend Arts Council building until 4 p.m. The Big Bend Community Band will be playing Christmas music in front of the Riverbend Arts Council building from 4 p.m. until the start of the parade at 4:30 p.m.
At 4 p.m., any parade participants will also begin to line up at North Front Avenue by Dairy Queen. Following the parade Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available to children at the Riverbend Arts Council building. Visits are free, but there is not a professional photograph on hand this year, so parents will have to take their own photos, Wehrung said.
For any questions, call 740-416-2247 or 740-591-6095.
The officers for the Middleport Community Association are Debbie Gerlach, Texanna Wehrung, Linda Meyers, Cathy Erwin and Ron Miller.
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