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Christmas parade wont be rescheduled
City officials looking at other parade options
new deh no christmas parade pic
Children watch as a recent Great Bend Home for the Holidays Parade passes. Weather forced the cancelation of this years parade and city officials said it wont be rescheduled for now. - photo by Tribune file photo

 The Great Bend Home for the Holidays Parade, canceled this past Saturday due to the ice storm, will not be rescheduled for this winter, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said Tuesday afternoon.

“There were just too many issues,” Hayes said.

First, there was not enough time to call a special City Council meeting to get approval to have Main Street blocked off for this coming Saturday. Second, because it is part of a state highway, the administration would have to get a nod from state officials as well. 

In addition, as the holidays grow nearer, there are just too many competing events, Hayes said.

A parade is not out of the question, she said. However, it may be held later, possibly in conjunction with the June Jaunt.

“The weather just got us this year,” Hayes said. “This is the first time in 20 years the parade had to be canceled. That’s not too bad.”

Other holiday events

• The Rosewood Services Cookie Contest went on as planned Saturday, but was extended into Monday, and the winning business were notified by phone. The winner was Rosewood Wine Cellar which unseated three-time champion Custom Floor Designs.

Other prize winners will also be called.

• The four winners of the Explore Great Bend prizes are going to be drawn at 11:30 a.m. today during the city’s radio program on KVGB.

• The lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree will not be rescheduled, and all of the Trail of Lights displays have been turned on and are ready for viewing.

• Ice Skating in the Courthouse Square is up and going.  

• Santas Around the World is now open at 1223 Main St. The display of 22 life-sized Santas can still be viewed during open hours Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. until Dec. 24.