Small Town Christmas Celebration

by Kelly Choate on November 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

Even in the pouring rain, people lined the sidewalks in Somerset on Sunday to see Santa in the holiday parade.

This is only the second year that the parade has been a part of the annual celebration.  Cindy Shuster of the parade planning committee said participants lined up at Somerset Memorial Park and made their way up Main Street through town.

"Some are looking forward to the horses, obviously the little kids are waiting for Santa Claus, who will be riding in the carriage, and then others just like to see people that they know," said Shuster.

Art and craft vendors, live music and a tree lighting ceremony also entertained the crowd.  Karen Cooperider of the parade decorating committee said it takes about 15 hours of work to transform the old barber shop into Santa’s workshop.

"We keep them down at the bottom of the steps, and we get all of their names, so by the time the elf comes, she lets Santa know who they are," said Cooperider.  "When the kids walk in the door, Santa can greet the children individually, and they’re very excited."

Proceeds from the silent auction and fudge contest will benefit the Somerset Children’s Christmas Fund.