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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Three Forks Christmas Stroll December 4

 

December 2, 2020

Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance at the 2019 Three Forks Christmas Stroll. File photo

The Three Forks Chamber of Commerce will be "Keeping Traditions Alive" this Friday, December 4 at the annual Christmas Stroll.

The annual event is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the tree lighting and parade will also be streamed online at the Chamber Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/3ForksChamber

The 2020 event will once again have plenty of fun for all ages. According to Chamber Executive Director Leandra Hill, Jack Dryer volunteered to recruit parade entries and has secured over 25 vehicles from four different categories from classic to modern. The online coverage will include the parade, tree lighting, carolers, performers, and musicians.

Pictures with Santa will also be available in the Masonic Lodge and Hill said they have been carefully planned to keep everyone safe. She added Santa will be behind what she described as a live backdrop and thanked the Headwaters Community Arts Institute for their assistance.

The Gingerbread House will once again take place at the stroll. The entry deadline for the family-friendly event is December 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Three Forks Community Library.

The houses will be on display until 8 p.m. Please pick up your houses from the Three Forks Community Library by 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th, 2020. Entry forms can be picked up online or at the library by calling 285-2747.

Thanks to the generosity of "Pastor Charlie" at the Three Forks Christian Center, Candy Cane Lane will be up several days at the Library and there will also be a beautiful Nativity scene at the Holy Family Catholic Church at 104 E Birch.

Organizers are also planning their annual Silent Auction and of Trees and Wreaths that will be benefiting the Three Forks Youth Recreation Task Force. The online auction can be found on the Chamber Facebook page.

Hill said the trees and wreaths will be on display in the Gallatin County Sheriff's entryway as well as various businesses along main so that people can stroll by and see the trees and wreaths from outside.

Merchant Bingo is also taking place with cards being found in the Lewis and Clark Journal.

Smores on the fire were a big hit at the 2018 stroll. File photo

There will also be vendors and food trucks in 2020. Hill noted they will be strategically placing vendors along Main Street to keep social distancing easy. She added there is still time to reserve a vendor spot by contacting the chamber. There is no fee for Chamber members and the cost for non-members is $10.

The annual raffle in 2020 has prizes that include private dinners, beautiful gift baskets, getaways, and more. The Chamber Headquarters for the popular annual event will once again be located in front of the Main Street Office. Raffle tickets will be available at the headquarters Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets will also be available the day of the Stroll from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the headquarters along with the chamber 2020-21 phone book, Chamber cookbooks, and reusable shopping bags.

"Let's bundle up and have a wonderful Christmas Stroll coming together, celebrating our community and supporting our local businesses and organizations," Hill said.

 

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