Chester to pare down Hometown Christmas event

PREPARATIONS — Kristi O’Rourke and Shana Adams of the Chester Christmas Committee flank the Grinch, who is on hand to attempt to steal the city’s Christmas celebration. The 34th annual Chester Hometown Christmas will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the city’s downtown with some pandemic-friendly modifications. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

CHESTER — Organizers of the city’s downtown Christmas celebration are bound and determined that even a pandemic won’t dampen their holiday spirits.

Although this year’s celebration has had to be modified, the 34th annual Chester Hometown Christmas will move forward, according to Kristi O’Rourke, who helps to coordinate the event.

Most of the activities have to be outdoors. And while the parade and majority of kids’ activities had to be canceled, O’Rourke noted there will be plenty to see. For example, there will be an open air market on Fourth Street, which will be closed for the event, and the American Legion will have plenty of food and refreshments available for takeout only.

Santa and the Grinch are even expected to make appearances, along with Cindy Lou Who.

A basket auction will benefit the F.I.S.H. food pantry in East Liverpool. Tickets can be purchased either six for $5 or $1 each for donated goods from area businesses including Fiestaware, local pizza establishments, bakeries and other businesses.

The $100 Walmart gift card from Ludovici law office tends to be a favorite especially around the holidays, O’Rourke noted.

Downtown Chester businesses also can enter a window decorating contest centered around the theme, “You Cannot Steal Our Christmas,” with the top three favorites as chosen on the group’s Facebook page winning Fiestaware plates.

O’Rourke stressed the importance of attendees observing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control COVID guidelines, such as face masks and social distancing, to keep the event safe and fun for everyone.

Committee members also include Shana Adams, Wendi DeCapio, Nikki Six, Holly Adams, Cathy Ash and Amber Groves.

Anyone wanting to sign up for the open air market or wanting more information about the event and its offerings can call O’Rourke at (330) 383-3940 or email at kckoping@hotmail.com

(Ujhelyi can be contacted at sujhelyi@reviewonline.com)


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