Christmas On The Harbor Brings Out The Holly Jolly

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Children of all ages enjoyed the annual ‘Breakfast With Santa on December 14 at the Warsaw Community Building sponsored by the Benton County Human Services Council.
Over one hundred children, parents and volunteers enjoyed breakfast as well as a visit with Santa Claus and many other activities.
According to Tricia Binnie, RSVP project coordination and vice president of Human Services, the children enjoyed decorating cookies, having their faces painted, and writing letters to Santa.
Members of Tricia Binnie’s family helped to prepare the food for the event.  A breakfast consisting of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy was prepared by Kaleb Butler, Tammie Butler, Chris and Vickie Binnie, and Jacob McClain.  Gail and Doug Wallace also helped with preparing and serving.
The money raised at “Breakfast with Santa” will be  used to purchase home delivered meals to senior citizens in the area.
“We want to thank the Benton County Human Services Council for their support of this event,” said Binnie.  “We hope it continues to grow.  We also appreciate the City of Warsaw for their help in coordinating this event.”
City Clerk Jessica Kendall agreed with Binnie.  “It was a wonderful event for the community,” said Kendall.  “The event was well coordinated and everything went off well.  The look on the children’s faces when they saw Santa was special.  A good time was had by all.”
Later Saturday night, hundreds of people lined Main Street in Warsaw to watch the annual Christmas Day parade.
Chamber of Commerce director Mac Vorce reported there were 45 entries in this year’s parade which is up from last year.  Twelve floats as well as horses, animals and walkers were lead by the Warsaw High School marching band and cheerleaders.
Warsaw R-9 School District Superintendent Dr. Shawn Poyser was the Christmas Parade Grand Marshall.
The Christmas parade organizer Jenn Bradshaw was very pleased with the parade results.
“So many Benton County organizations coming together in the spirit of the season made this weekend very successful,” said Bradshaw.  “I want to thank the many volunteers who worked so tirelessly.”
Vorce echoes Bradshaw’s sentiments.  “The City of Warsaw and all the other organizations came together to create a successful holiday season,” said Vorce.
Benton County Hospice was the winner of the Christmas Tree decorating contest held in the Warsaw Community Building.  The money raised by this activity will be used for helping Hospice patients.
New to the Christmas decorations this year was the Unity Tree on Drake Harbor.  Thousands of tiny lights were wrapped around the tree giving visitors a beautiful place for pictures.
“City workers started handing lights before Halloween to create this beautiful display,” said Vorce.
The lights will remain on until after the first of the year so there is still time to go for a walk among the thousands of lights on the Harbor.