By Chris Edwards
TYLER COUNTY – With Halloween but a distant sight in the rearview, Thanksgiving will soon be relegated to the same, but the real fun in Tyler County will begin the Friday after those gobblers are carved.
The Tyler County Chamber of Commerce is planning its annual countywide Christmas celebration, and many of the traditions of this annual event will remain, but some exciting new features will be included, as well.
The celebration will take place during Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. One highlighted event during the Christmas celebration that is new to the schedule is the Jolly Jeep Jingle, which is slated for Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Jolly Jeep Jingle is a showing of vehicles, devoted exclusively to Jeeps. The Chamber is calling all Jeeps to be a part of this inaugural event.
For participants, the entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy donation, which will go to the county’s Child Welfare Board in its efforts to deliver toys to children who are in need of a jolly Christmas.
There will be a prize to the best-decorated Christmas Jeep, and while plans are still being finalized on some of the festivities, those who take in the Jeep show on Saturday can stroll downtown shops and vendors along the Courthouse Square after enjoying the Rotary Club of Woodville’s annual Pancakes with Santa breakfast at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church fellowship hall.
The Chamber is also planning to feature live music as part of Saturday’s event, with an open invite to pickers and singers to come and join in the fun, as sound will be provided.
The Friday festivities, which will last from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. will include the vendors, and a whole realm of fun on the courthouse grounds, including a full array of Christmas lights, an appearance by Santa Claus, a live Nativity scene, bounce house for the children and Christmas selections played by area high school band students.
There will also be contests, to see who in Tyler County has the best Santa beard and who has the ugliest Christmas sweater. More details on these contests, and more, to come.
The Chamber is actively looking for food and craft vendors for both days of the event.
Vendor spaces are available for the cost of $40 for one day or $70 for both days for food vendors and $25 for one day for craft vendors, or $40 for both days.
The spaces are 10’x10’ and a 10’x20’ can be obtained for double the price. For food vendors, they are required to get the $10 food permit from the City of Woodville, and payment and registration can be obtained through the Chamber’s website, www.tylercountycoc.com. Food vendors can choose to pay separately on the website, and the Chamber will acquire a permit on the vendor’s behalf, to be issued the day of the event.
According to the Chamber, vendors need to be aware that electricity may or may not be available, so please prepare your booth accordingly, especially if you are set up for Friday evening as it will be dark.