December 16, 2018

Au Gres gears up for holidays with Christmas parade

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AU GRES — The city of Au Gres plans to kick off the holiday season with it’s annual Christmas in the City Parade on Dec. 1, and followed by the Christmas in the Park event at the Au Gres Campground.

Floats and other vehicles participating in the parade will line up at Au Gres-Sims high school at 5:45 p.m. and at 6:15, will make their way up Court Street, east along US-23 and then go around the campground where the parade will conclude.

Once at the campground, all of the trees that were reserved and decorated by residents will be lit and the lighting will be followed by some Christmas caroling.

To top off the event, Santa Claus himself will be at the campground pavilion at 7 p.m. to listen to Christmas wishes from the children in attendance.

In addition to an appearance from Santa, the Au Gres Men’s Club will be there to distribute gifts and toys.

The event is co-sponsored by the City of Au Gres, the Au Gres Area Chamber of Commerce and the Au Gres Men’s Club, Chamber member Sheree Wiltse said.

“It’s a family oriented event and just a kick-off to the Christmas season,” Wiltse said

While the parade has been taking place for a number of years now, Wiltse said that the tree lighting in the park is a fairly new addition initiated by Mayor Bill Borushko.

For the past two years, the city of Au Gres has bought and set up Christmas trees at all the campsites, and residents decorate them leading up to the event and unveil them once the parade makes it to the campground.

In a story published on Nov. 7, Borushko told the Independent that around 75 trees were available to residents for reservation and once set up, those who reserved a tree are able to decorate them however they want for the event.

“It’s important to let people know that Au Gres is alive and well,” Borushko said. “We’re happy to show off this great park we have and we hope that, by them stopping to take a look around, maybe eventually we get a citizen or two out of this.”

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