By Pamela Rensing
Scheve Park will sparkle with the sights of Christmas starting Saturday evening, Dec. 4
The Mascoutah Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsored by the City of Mascoutah, will host the first annual “Scheve Park WinterFest.”
The pavilion and buildings throughout the park have been sponsored by different businesses, churches, and organizations in the City and decorated with their favorite Christmas theme. There will be a competition/traveling trophy for the best display in the Park.
The kick-off to the WinterFest was made possible by a $5,000 donation from Bob and Ruth Fritz of Fritz Distributing. Mayor Pat McMahan thanked them for their gracious donation that will help defray the costs of the new project.
The Winter Fest will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Train Depot Stage. (Please do not park on the east side because the train is being rented for a different event.)
McMahan stated that after a couple of short speeches, they will announce the raffle winners of two live Christmas trees from Eckerts.
To make the inaugural lighting of the park a special event, McMahan is asking for one volunteer from each of the pavilions and buildings to be at their designated spot at 4:50 p.m. At approximately 5 p.m., he will sound the airhorn, and everyone will light their exhibits at the same time.
Visitors can walk through the area visiting with the Christmas creators, or families can take a leisurely drive around the park.
The Mascoutah Historical Society will be serving free cider and cookies at the Berger-Kiel House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that evening.
The Scheve Park WinterFest will continue until after Christmas.
A few, but certainly not all, of the participants include:
DMS Construction (pavilion #13)
MIA-Mascoutah Improvement Association (Inside Depot/Railcar)
Chamber of Commerce (pavilion #1)
Evening Lions (pavilion #2)
St. John’s & Holy Childhood (pavilion #3)
Tanya Richter Family (pavilion #4)
RE/MAX Signature Properties/Motto Mortgage (pavilion #5)
Mascoutah Volunteer Fire Dept (pavilion #6)
Noon Lions (pavilion #7)
Joe’s Pizza and Pasta (pavilion #8)
Klopmeyer Family (pavilion #9)
McMahan Realty Group (pavilion # 10)
Moose Lodge (pavilion # 11)
Rotary Club (pavilion # 12)
Mascoutah Tuesday Woman’s Club (underneath pavilion 11)
Binsbacher, Dawson & Henke LLC (pavilion #14)
Ace Hardware (Free-standing display)