Crawford parade of lights

The Fruitland Mesa Club participates in a Crawford Parade of Lights. 

The Fruitland Mesa Women’s Club and all its wonderful volunteers are in full swing for the 2021 Crawford Christmas Festival. Beautiful decorated Christmas items for auction will surround the many crafts tables available to vendors, providing a festive atmosphere.

The lighting of Town Hall and the Church Tree sets the mood for the start of the Parade of Lights, featuring decorated floats, cars, tractors, animals or anything that makes you bright. Santa will ride on a special fire truck and will arrive at Town Hall after the parade to meet and greet the children.

The annual Community Potluck Dinner and Live Auction of beautiful Christmas items will close the festivities. The following events are planned.

Nov. 26 – 27 at Town Hall, The Fruitland Mesa Woman’s Club presents its arts and crafts fair. The fair runs from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 26 and again from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m on Nov. 27.

Nov. 26- Stop by the United Methodist Church in Crawford from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the silent auction, from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. a chili and nacho dinner will be served. At 5:45 p.m. the Town Hall / Church Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick off the 6:00 p.m. start for the Parade of Lights. A prize will be awarded for best entry. Stop by Town Hall after the parade to greet Santa, be sure to bring your camera.

Nov. 27 at Town Hall, the annual Holiday Community Potluck Dinner with live and local entertainment takes place from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Please bring a covered dish to share. The live auction of beautifully decorated Christmas items starts at 6:30 p.m.

The community’s support of these events allows us to give back to our community including Friends of Town Hall, Crawford Cemetery, Crawford Fire Dept./Auxiliary Fire Works, Pioneer Days and Crawford Community Church.

The annual North Fork Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Nov. 25 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Hotchkiss Senior Center. The event will be in-person dining or take-out. Donations will be accepted at the door and volunteers are asked to show-up early to help with set-up.

Merchant Meeting Get-Togethers continue every other Wednesday in Hotchkiss. The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce invites local business owners and interested citizens to chat about matters of interest or concern to the business community.

These ‘no-agenda’ meetings are open, welcoming, and a great way to get to know your business peers in an informal setting. Here’s the ongoing schedule: First Wednesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. at Coal Train Coffee House. Third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Location varies.

The next Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce member meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8:00 a.m. at the Hotchkiss Crawford Historical Society Museum.

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