Prizes awarded for cookies and drawings
Great Bend ushered in Christmas Saturday as holiday-themed events evoked a sense of the season, and drew crowds downtown and to local businesses, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said.
There was the Christmas cookie contest during the day in which 16 participating business locations baked their best. The winner, A440 Music, was announced following the parade.
Speaking of the Home for the Holidays Parade, the winners were:
• Business entry – Golden Belt Humane Society
• Civic/club entry – Foundry Methodist Church
• Private entry – Eugene Seibert Family
• Youth entry – Cub Scout Pack 157
Parade judges included Sara and BJ Hamlin, David Debes, Kenny Vink, Andy Mingenback and Makayla Loftland (Miss Kingman County).
The final award was the Grand Marshall Best Overall which went to First United Methodist Church. This was selected by parade grand marshals Randy and Sandy Smith.
The parade was followed by the mayor’s tree lighting with Great Bend’s Mayor-elect Joe Andrasek doing the honors. He also took the band shell stage in Jack Kilby Square to draw the winners of the various prizes.
Explore Great Bend grand prize winners were:
• $1,000 award – Brian Shull,
• $500 award – Melanie Miller,
• $250 award – Mike Mitchell,
Selfie Saturday Contest winners were:
• Miranda Brown
• Chris Hein
• Jan Morton
It also marked the opening of the ice skating rink in Jack Kilby Square. Free skate rental will be available from 4-8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 1-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition, Santa Claus’ made his first appearance. He will be at 1223 Main to talk to children from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.