LEMOORE — Like the old adage says, sometimes it takes a village to complete a worthwhile endeavor. Luckily, that’s just what the holiday season is about.
After being absent from the calendar last year, the Lemoore Holiday Stroll returns to downtown from 3-7 p.m. Saturday.
“No one understood the magnitude of this event until it went away,” said Lemoore Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Amy Ward. “We want to build the event up to avoid the risk of losing it again.”
The Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event this year, though Ward said that the entire community is pulling together to get the tradition back on track.
“Partnerships are being created, which is really great,” she said. “We’re stronger when we’re all working together.”
The event serves as a beacon for members of the community to visit the downtown area, shop locally and experience the city center not as a spot to drive through, but as a destination itself. ‘
The event will feature fire truck rides courtesy of the Lemoore Volunteer Fire Department, live holiday music, photo opportunities with Santa, vendor booths, a scavenger hunt and arts and crafts.
City officials including City Manager Nathan Olson will be taking time out to make arts and crafts with members of the community at the holiday craft booth, Ward said.
“To have a City that’s not just worried about paperwork but is engaged with the community is really special,” Ward said.
Parents looking to shop for children without them finding out or those that simply want a nice night out alone have an option, thanks to the Airstrike Allstars.
The USASF-certified cheer and tumble gym, located at 226 Heinlein St. is offering a “drop and shop” service. For $10, parents can drop their children off for a night of fun.
“Along with having tumbling stations set up, trained coaches will be present to help spot in whatever skill [or] level they are working for. We will be teaching the fundamentals of cheerleading along with jumps and stunts,” owner Kelsi Easley said.
The gym will also be selling hot chocolate throughout the evening.
The event has also received a little help from Tim Welsh, owner of Tactical Tattoo and Flowline Sports. The tattoo artist has lent his art to some of the windowed storefronts downtown. With cartoonish icicles and snow drifts decorating the storefronts, downtown Lemoore will capture a little more of that winter cheer.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Welsh’s Flowline Sports will sponsor a skateboarding competition at Rotary Skate Park. The $10 donation from skaters will go toward benefiting local children in foster care. For more information, call 997-1616.
Holiday strollers and shoppers will be invited to participate in a scavenger hunt. The hunt’s items will include meeting local shopkeepers and visiting landmarks on the stroll. It’s designed to be a fun and interactive way to encourage shoppers to visit as many shops and vendor booths as possible. Those that complete the hunt will receive a prize.
For more information, call 559-924-6401.