Chillicothe will be busy with activity this weekend, with many events taking place, having started today with the Black and Red Friday.
Tonight is the Jenkins Lighting Ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m. Santa will be on hand at the ceremony to welcome children of all ages to the lighted wonderland, which is set up each year by the women at Jenkins Townhouse, and is sponsored this year by the Chillicothe Rotary Club.
Santa will be on hand to flip the switch, along with a lucky child from the Chillicothe community.
Once the lights are turned on, the crowd is invited to take a tour of the lighted village and meet Santa, Rudolph and Frosty.
The 66th annual Holiday Parade, themed "Miracle on Washington Street", will march down Washington Street on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., and is sure to attract a large crowd.
The parade, presented by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored again this year by Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe Hy-Vee and Midwest Gloves & Gear. The grand marshals for this year are Phil Willard and Family.
The parade will include floats and entries from many different organizations, youth groups, churches, businesses and individuals throughout Chillicothe. A number of bands and musical groups from around the area will also be involved as a part of the parade, including the Chillicothe High School Marching Hornets and the Chillicothe Middle School 7th grade and 8th grade bands.
With well over 80 entrants as of Nov. 9, the number of parade entries will continue to grow as time passes. These will include floats, bands, vehicles, animals, favorite characters, and, of course, Santa. The parade is organized and presented by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, through it's Parade Committee, which includes: Kent Peterson, Steve Holt, Eric Turner, Brian Wills, and Martha Berry.
The parade will begin at Calhoun Street and continue south to Third Street, east to Locust, and north to Calhoun. Live announcers for the parade will be Bill Shaffer and Chuck Haney on stage, and Dave Rogers and Betty Preston Steele at KCHI.
The annual Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the Constitution-Tribune, will be held following the parade on Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 75 booths are scheduled to participate, with items ranging from holiday gift products to food vendors. Many new booths have signed up for this year's event, which will take place at the Chillicothe High School, in the commons and gymnasium areas.
Also during the Holiday Bazaar, the Chillicothe Young Farm Wives will be serving refreshments, such as chili, Frito pies, chili dogs, and desserts.
Bailey Studio will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., to take pictures with Santa. Packages start at $12 for Santa pictures.
Other events slated for Saturday include:
- The Masonic Chili Luncheon at the Masonic Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by Friendship Lodge.
- Bishop Hogan Memorial School will hold its annual soup luncheon and cookie bazaar following the parade on Saturday.
- Members of the Bravo Battery Family Readiness Group will be hosting an All-U-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast at Applebee's on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8 to 10 a.m.
- Chillicothe Festival of Lights lighting ceremony in Simpson Park will be held later in the evening, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and will include complimentary hot cider and hot chocolate provided by Piggly Wiggly, along with with horse-drawn sleigh rides for a dollar. They have added exciting new displays for 2012, and of course, Santa and his elves will be there as well.