The fun continues afterwards in the heart of Batesville. “It’s the first time Santa is in town,” points out the director. In his workshop, Mr. Claus will be greeting children and passing out small gifts as parents take photos.
Live reindeer are among other attractions. Tekulve believes, “It’s a good draw for the kids and parents alike. You donít typically get to see reindeer,î a tradition he hopes will carry on for years to come. Rides on a miniature train will be provided by Kiwanians.
In an effort to get residents to shop locally, chamber officials will sell gift certificates there the entire time and offer a drawing. Persons may pick up free numbered tickets, then at 2:45 p.m. at least $500 in gift certificates that can be used at 180 businesses will be given away. Each lucky ticket holder will get $100 worth courtesy of chamber members. The only rule: “You must be present to win.”
Tucker always looks forward to the holiday season kickoff. This time, “it’s going to be nice to highlight all the changes downtown.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 113; or firstname.lastname@example.org.