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Edgerton community members gathered outside Dec. 7 around the Christmas tree and enjoyed carols sung by the Edgerton Elementary School Choir.
Don Roberts, mayor , welcomed the holiday season and invited a child from the crowd to help light the Christmas tree. Afterwards, everyone was invited over to city hall where coffee, hot chocolate and cookies were served. Santa was there to visit with the kids, and each was given a present.
This year, groups from the Edgerton community were invited to participate and decorate a 4×2 ft. Christmas tree made from plywood. The trees were $40/group and all proceeds were donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund to help Edgerton families who might not otherwise have the means to enjoy the holiday season.
Seven groups participated this year, including: New City Church youth group, Pattie’s Salon, Edgerton Elementary School, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and several ciy departments (including community development, administration, public works).
“This first year raised $280 for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund,” said Beth Linn, city administrator. The trees were put on display outside at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and everyone in attendance was able to vote on their favorite tree. After the votes were counted, and the City of Edgerton Community Development Department took first place, Edgerton Elementary School placed second and Pattie’s Salon placed third. Cash prizes were awarded.