FREDERICKTOWN — There was a little rain, but Fredericktown had a good kick-off for the holidays Saturday with the annual Christmas Walk.
Indoor activities got lots of visitors, but Santa still had plenty of kids stop by in the gazebo on the square. In the living nativity, Joseph inquired from passers-by if there was an inn close by for his pregnant wife.
At the charity auction, auctioneer Matthew Fowler took bids for baked goods, paintings and gift certificates from a full room. Prices were anywhere from a few dollars for hand-crafted ornaments, to over $100 for a quilted wall hanging.
The Bressi family, with nine children, made a party of 11 at the many stops and activities. Eric Bressi said the weather wasn’t going to stop him taking the kids downtown.
“We haven’t missed one in 11 years,” Bressi said. “Santa’s Toy Shop seems to be a family tradition, so is the arts and crafts.”
Among traditional gingerbread houses were Snoopy’s dog house, a car and a garage. One entry eschewed gingerbread, and was made instead with a cereal roof and pretzel walls.
Desmond Thompson, who was on the walk with his sister, Delaney, and dad, Corwin, liked a house with a blue and white icing roof and LED window lights the best.
Desmond said the rain wasn’t getting in the way of his fun.
“We’ve seen a lot of ice sculptures and we’ve been to the church,” Desmond said. “There’s a lot we have to go to still.”
Proceeds from the walk benefit the Salvation Army and Interchurch.