Special to The Gardner News
Amidst very cold temperatures, Edgerton held its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 6. Santa made an appearance as well as other special guests.
Mayor Donald Roberts and two young volunteers from the crowd flipped the switch to turn on the lights on the city’s Christmas tree, which is located in the vacant lot just west of the library.
After the ceremony, everyone gathered in City Hall to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were also there to greet the children and listen to their holiday wishes.
While children were meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus, volunteers gave away free gifts in a ticket drawing.
Also, the “Rainbow Connection” chorus from Edgerton Elementary School, under the direction of Kim Fibelkorn, entertained the crowd with several Holiday favorites, with the audience joining in on “Silent Night”.
Roberts also proudly announced that he received a check that evening from NorthPoint Development for $1,000 to go to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. NorthPoint Development is the developer for Logistics Park Kansas City, located in Edgerton.
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund goes to help Edgerton citizens in time of need and to allow every citizen to enjoy the Christmas holiday.
Mayor Roberts spoke to the audience about how important the sense of “community” is, and encouraged “neighbors to help neighbors, and for friends to help friends”, to help make Edgerton a close-knit community.
The Edgerton Tree Lighting event was sponsored by the City of Edgerton, and the Edgerton Frontier Days Association.