'Touch of Christmas' coming to Dundee
DUNDEE - The annual Touch of Christmas will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the village's Seneca Street Park.
The event usually draws about 800 to 900 people, said Judy Duquette, the event's coordinator. "The weather was so mild that we just had record numbers last year," she said.
Shortly after the celebration begins, the Christmas Bear, clowns and Santa will arrive with Mrs. Claus, Duquette said.
"Usually, Santa Claus brings his family, and they have some characters that are dressed up, and they arrive with Santa," she said. "The whole family gets off the fire truck."
Santa and Mrs. Claus will pass out filled goody bags to each child. "We prepare at least 250 goody bags," Duquette said, noting their contents are secret so it will be a surprise to the children.
Also, Our Town Rocks and Reads is providing 350 books to pass out, she said
The event's menu will again include cookies, hot dogs, water chestnuts wrapped in bacon, sausage, coffee and hot chocolate.
"The fire department does their chili," Duquette mentioned. "The Boy Scouts do their fried dough."
There will be a live manger scene provided by Crystal Valley Mennonite Church, and they will pass out Bibles. There will also be special Christmas music.
"The best part of all is everything is free, thanks to our businesses and all their donations," Duquette said. "It's a way for the businesses to give back to the community for all their support."