FREDERICKTOWN — Gray skies and a light drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of those who turned out Sunday for Fredericktown’s annual Christmas Walk. A steady stream of visitors stopped into shops and participated in the variety of activities designed to bolster everyone’s holiday spirit and benefit this year’s Food for the Hungry drive, Interchurch Social Services and The Salvation Army.
Bidding was sometimes brisk during the Food for the Hungry auction taking place in the municipal building. Auctioneers Larry Moore and Hershel Thomas encouraged the crowd to bid generously for the hundreds of donated items available.
The gazebo on town square featured an afternoon full of entertainment. Ringing in with traditional Christmas carols was the bell choir from New Life Christian Church, and the Town Crier Collective — Andrew Kissel, Kyle Pelc, Amanda Shock and Matt Shock — from Palmyra Church of Christ also performed classic Christmas tunes.
As always, live ice sculpting demonstrations by Rock on Ice delighted young and old alike. Students from the University of Akron created the frozen images which then adorned the square. Brittana Carpenter and Angela Mathie were two of the artists. “We’re practicing for national finals,” said Mathie when asked what brought them to Fredericktown.
Blake Tucker, age 6, liked the snowman sculpture the best. “It’s cool,” he said. His sister, Tasha Tucker, 7, also liked the ice sculptures “because they look cool.”
Also originating on the square, Bill Burgett and Owl Creek Clydesdales offered horse-drawn carriage rides as a thank you for donations to Food for the Hungry.
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