Ho! Ho! Hurray! Christmas On The Harbor Is A Big Hit

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Warsaw Main Street was a flurry of activity over the weekend as crowds filled the town for the many Christmas events sponsored by the City of Warsaw, the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce and other local groups.
Starting the day off was Breakfast with Santa in the Warsaw Community Building sponsored by the Benton County Human Services Council.  Over 250 children and their parents were served biscuits and gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. According to Warsaw Parks and Recreation Director Kylie McRoberts, all the breakfast entries were gone by 11.
After breakfast the children were able to decorate cookies, make Christmas cards for homebound senior citizens, have their faces painted or visit with Santa.
Proceeds from Breakfast With Santa went to the Homebound Senior Citizens project.
After Breakfast with Santa, over 100 children participated in the first annual Grinch Candy Cane Hunt on Drake Harbor.  Appleton City Ellett Memorial Hospital sponsored the candy cane hunt.  The Grinch himself posed for pictures with the children.
After the candy cane hunt, the children were treated to hot chocolate and a viewing of the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. 
At 4 PM, the Community Choir presented their Cantata, “He is Here” directed by Charlene Million and Jason Brown.  The Community Building was full and at the end of the Cantata most of the crowd stayed to watch the annual Warsaw Christmas parade on Main Street.
According to Warsaw Chamber of Commerce Director Mac Vorce, it was one of the biggest Christmas parades in recent history.
“We had over 50 entries in the parade this year,” said Vorce.  “I think we added to the parade crowd by having it right after the Cantata.  People left the Canata, walked around Main Street, did some shopping then watched the parade.”
The Farmers’ Insurance – Derenda Miller Agency Christmas tree won the Christmas Tree contest in the Warsaw Community Building.  All donations to the tree were given to the family of Malachi Yoder to help with his medical expenses.
Friday night was a big night in Warsaw as well as a large crowd enjoyed the chili dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.  Entertainment was provided by the Warsaw High School Madrigal Singers directed by Deanna Schockmann and the Warsaw Elementary Keyboard Kids directed by Laura Richardson and Ryan Stone.