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Chester Hometown Christmas set for Saturday

CHESTER–The city will welcome the holiday season this weekend with a Chester Hometown Christmas.

This years theme centers around the quote from the 1966 classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas with “Maybe Christmas Means a Little Bit More in Chester”

Children’s events are being held inside Badgley Pavilion at Chester City Park from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday Dec. 4.

“It brings everybody together. We are a very tight-knit little community,” head of the Chester Hometown Committee Kristi O’Rourke remarked

Children can visit Santa, get their faces painted, decorate an ornament from the Fiesta Tableware Company, indulge on cookies and hot chocolate and take a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Children are invited to fill out Christmas cards for United States military members. The cards will be mailed by American Legion Post #121.

“I believe it’s nostalgic,” O’Rourke said “I think it brings a smile to someone’s face.”

Chester Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring Children’s Bingo in the basement of the VFW at noon Saturday.

The parade will conclude the festivities by marching along Carolina Avenue at 3 p.m.

Fiesta Tableware Company is known for making large contributions towards the Chester Christmas celebration and will celebrate 150 years in business. In celebration of such a large anniversary Chester has named Fiesta Tableware Company the grand marshalls of the parade.

Fourth and Fifth generation family members to attend include CEO Liz McIlvain, 4th generation, Vice President of Operations Matt Wicks, fifth generation, and Marketing Director Katie Bricker, fifth generation.

O’Rourke said the donations and cooperation from local businesses make Chester’s Christmas celebration and its festivities complete. She hopes to add more events next year.

City officials and event planners are asking those attending to follow the CDC guidelines, or in Grinch terms……. heart to heart and 6 feet apart!

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