Cutline: Cheryl Bolser (left) and Erica Nore are organizing a "Parade of Snowmen" to be added to Pioneer Village Christmas this year. The two women are coordinating the display of snowmen sponsored by area businesses and organizations. They hope to have a good number of snowmen join George, sponsored by the Le Mars Golf Course, in the Round Barn.
Even if there's no snow this December, Pioneer Village Christmas is assured of having snowmen. Two women have taken on the task of adding a "Parade of Snowmen" to the Village displays this year, and hope to line the lower level of the Round Barn with them.
Dates for the holiday event are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8 and Dec. 14 and 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.
Cheryl Bolser and Erica Nore invite area businesses, organizations, clubs and individuals to sponsor a snowman and dress him (or her) as they wish. "We provide the free-standing plywood cutout, already painted white, and they do the rest," said Bolser. Signage will be provided for each snowman on display.
Bolser and Nore worked on their snowman, George the Golfer, for about three hours. Each snowman measures approximately two feet wide by four feet tall.
"It's not hard at all. We've already had a great response," said Nore. The two have visited some area businesses with a picture of their snowman, and have sent letters to a number of area business and organizations. "If you've not been contacted, please call us," said Nore. Bolser can be contacted at 546-8078 and Nore at 938-2135.
"This is a new thing for the Pioneer Village Christmas and enables us to put a display in the Round Barn," said Bolser. "It's also a way to have businesses be a part of a Christmas project. See what you can do in decorating a snowman."
The snowmen will be returned to the sponsor following the close of Pioneer Village Christmas.
Those wishing to sponsor a snowman should contact Bolser or Nore by Oct. 23. The blank snowmen will be delivered to sponsors the week of Nov. 11.
Sponsors should have the snowman completed and ready to deliver the to the fairgrounds Sunday, Nov. 30, between noon and 5 p.m. This will allow time for the displays to be set up for opening night. Anyone unable to deliver their snowman at that time should contact Bolser or Nore so they can pick up the decorated snowman.
"We're excited about this addition to the Pioneer Village Christmas," said Bolser.
Other volunteers will soon take on the task of checking thousands of Christmas lights and assembling Christmas trees to be decorated. Arlan Heeren is again heading the project and encourages more people to volunteer. Help is especially needed in putting up the many strings of lights on buildings and around Pioneer Village.
A workday is set for Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. to put up the lights around Pioneer Village. Volunteers are encouraged to come with ladders and equipment.