Winter Wonderland festival promises fun

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

 

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All the fun will be packed into one big day Sunday at Frosty’s Winter Wonderland at the Kingsbury County 4-H Center in De Smet.

 

The doors open at 10 a.m. for people to come view the Christmas tree display and vote for their favorites in the most beautiful and most creative trees and best snowman theme categories.

 

Artwork from local elementary school students will also be on display.

 

The De Smet Community Women’s cookie walk begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m., or until they run out of baked goods.  You can buy the holiday cookies and candy by the pound.

 

Santa arrives at noon and stays until 5 p.m.  Personal photos are welcome.

 

Chances on gift baskets donated by local merchants are available. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Kingsbury County Food Pantry.

 

A separate raffle is scheduled on a Christmas tree donated by the De Smet Woodcarvers. The tree is decorated with hand-carved wooden ornaments. Proceeds from this raffle also goes to the Kingsbury County Food Pantry.

 

The 4-H Junior Leaders are sponsoring a mitten, scarf and hat tree for needy children.

 

The day will be topped off with the Outlaw Gang’s soup and sandwich supper from 4-7 p.m. The supper is a fundraiser for Kingsbury County residents battling cancer and the Outlaw Gang is one of the teams that participates in the Kingsbury Cancer Walk.

 

The popular Lebahn family holiday train, The Snowball Express, returns this year from 4-7 p.m.  Freewill donations are accepted to ride the Christmas train.

 

The LeBahn family train began as a float in the Sioux Falls Parade of Lights in 2002. Dave Lebahn of Ramona built the train as a  parade float  to cheer up his six-year-old nephew, Ben Jackson,  who was fighting bone cancer. Ben was in a body cast and wanted to ride in the parade. Today Ben is 18 and cancer free.

 

The Lebahns continued to take the float to various community winter celebrations, and by 2005 the float had evolved into a lighted holiday train that became a family project.

 

The engine was once a grain truck. The open coal car is made from a fire engine utility box. The frame of the heated, enclosed passenger car is made out of a cattle feeder and the caboose was built from scratch.

 

The coal car can hold about 16 people and the passenger car and caboose hold about 25 people. The passenger car and caboose have benches, are heated and are decorated with a Christmas theme

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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