UTICA — The spirit of the Christmas season fell upon the streets of downtown Utica on Wednesday evening during the annual Utica Christmas Walk on Main. Area residents young and old came out to enjoy an evening of strolling up and down Main Street to visit the downtown merchants, sampling the many offerings of holiday refreshments, taking part in the annual scavenger hunt and greeting numerous friends while Christmas music filled the air.
There was a chill in the air during the evening’s festivities, but nobody seemed to mind. The arrival of Santa Claus kicked off the annual event, as he was escorted into town by the high school marching band and girls basketball team as well as Frosty the Snowman. Youngsters were lined up quickly to give Santa their Christmas wishes and to have their photo taken.
Organized by Martha Wilson, Diane Benson and Scott Gilbreath, this year’s Christmas Walk included one special highlight as a moment was taken to recognize Brian and Jo Walterses. Former Utica Police Chief Bob Curtis introduce the Walters, who have been owners of Legend Marathon since 1986 when it was called Utica Sohio. The couple recently sold Legend Marathon and Yellow Dog Express to the Circle K Corp. and will be officially retiring on Dec. 12.
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