POMEROY — Pomeroy businesses will observe Small Business Saturday as a kickoff to Sunday’s special events to officially usher in Christmas Along the River.
Most stores will be open all day for the convenience of customers. On Sunday, open hours for most will be noon to 5 p.m. when the festivities begin to wind down.
Pomeroy this year has a Christmas tree, the first in many years. The 22-foot pine was donated to the village and erected near the stage on the parking lot. On either side are two small trees which will be decorated with ornaments made by Meigs Elementary students. Plans call for the lighting of the Christmas tree to take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Right after the tree lighting there will be a drawing for five grand prizes — half-carat diamond earrings from Clark’s Jewelry Store, a surprise merchandise packet from downtown merchants, a Barnes and Noble tablet from Tom and Kathy Reed, a Taste of Pomeroy surprise package containing food certificates from 11 restaurants, and a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of photographs from Brandon Bartee’s Studio.
Tickets for the drawing will be given out by participating merchants on Sunday to people visiting their stores. Shoppers can enter in the drawing only one ticket from each of the stores they visit. The tickets will be put in a tumbler and drawn out for specific prizes. Winners must be present to claim their prizes.
Immediately following the parade in which Santa will arrive, he will have a meet and greet the children at People’s Bank. Treats will be given to the children.
Music will fill the air during the afternoon with the Meigs Community Band playing prior to the parade, the Meigs Marauder Band which will march in the parade, presenting a mini-concert on Court Street right after the parade, and the Meigs High School Choir roaming around town singing Christmas music for the rest of the afternoon.