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Country Christmas this weekend, lighted parade canceled Saturday

Bundle up, cue the Christmas music and bring your holiday cheer: It’s time for Country Christmas in Powell. Entertainment, food, a gift expo and live nativity will take place downtown Saturday, while the annual Christmas Tour of Homes gets underway Sunday afternoon.

Bitterly cold temperatures forced the cancellation of Saturday evening’s lighted parade. It would have been the 27th annual event.

“It’s way too cold ... the high is supposed to be 1 degree below zero Saturday,” said Jaime Schmeiser, executive director of the Powell Chamber of Commerce. By comparison, last year’s Country Christmas weekend forecast called for a high of 52 degrees.

The chamber had received 23 parade entries, Schmeiser said.

“It was killing me,” she said of the difficult decision, adding she called around to get opinions before canceling the parade.

“Unfortunately, Jack Frost had a say in it this year,” Schmeiser said. “But you know what, we’ll have a bigger one next year.”

Christy Muecke, the “Chick with the Chainsaw,” also canceled her ice carving due to the frigid forecast.

“You know it’s cold when she can’t get out there to do ice carving,” Schmeiser said.

While the weather outside will be frightful, delightful events are planned indoors.

Homesteader Museum will host its holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The Country Christmas Gift Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Commons. A variety of vendors will sell Christmas gifts while food booths will offer warm drinks, holiday treats and hot chili and soup.

Down the street, live entertainment will be offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the former Discount Appliance building, 221 N. Bent, and Santa Claus will be present from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We have entertainment booked all day,” Schmeiser said. That includes musical performances, cloggers, cheerleaders and other live entertainment. To honor Pearl Harbor Day, the Clark Community Choir will perform “God Bless America.”

In lieu of the lighted parade, a live nativity is planned Saturday starting at 4 p.m. at 221 N. Bent. Carl Jones will bring some of his miniature livestock to feature in the nativity scene.

On Sunday, the 27th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes takes place from 1-5 p.m. Six homes are featured on this year’s tour. Advance tickets for $8 are available at the chamber this week and at Country Christmas Saturday. Tickets will be sold for $10 on Sunday at the chamber.

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