By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
The Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas at the Depot event drew big crowds this year, with area businesses and community groups raising spirits and sharing coffee, cocoa, food, and gifts with kids and their parents.
The hotdog stand – sponsored and manned by members of the Morehead and Carter County Shrine Clubs, Olive Hill Masonic Lodge #629, and the Globe Christian Church’s Soup at Six program – prepared and served around 300 hot dogs, along with chips, apples, and drinks.
But the draw for the event, of course, was Santa Claus.
Every child at the event was also given the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap, share their Christmas wish, and leave with a gift thanks to the generosity of community members and businesses.
In addition, McDonald’s, First National Bank, Commercial Bank, Pamela Wells, Cosmic Athletic Center, Northeast KyNect, Porter Tire, A Center 4 Change, Lynn’s Legacy, and Westside Coffee & Donut Shop all set up booths where they provided gifts, hats, and snacks to the crowd.
Conley also extended special thanks to the folks portraying Santa and Mrs. Claus, Michael and Alisa Messer, and the folks taking on the roles of other characters – Dalton Conley, Crystal Branham, and Von Perry.
She also thanked “the gentlemen of Jenkie’s Journey for becoming elves in Santa’s workshop” and helping with the distribution of gifts.
Other contributors to the event included Hazel Messer, Kathy Steagall, The Gypsy Queens, Eddie and Angela Fultz, Von Perry, Tammy Moore, Zornes Home Improvement, James Do-It-Best Hardware, Flowers by Jeanie/The Corner Deli, and the Commercial Bank of Grayson. Those businesses and individuals, Messer said, donated cash, toys, or other items for the event, along with others who wished to remain anonymous.
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