The Moshannon Valley might have been dreaming of a white
Christmas parade Saturday, but it ended up with a wet one.
The annual Christmas Kickoff was a little smaller thanks to a persistent soaking rain, but all the most important parts were still there.
“I just think it’s so great that these kids are here in this pouring rain to help energize Christmas,” said Diane Switala as she stood on Front Street watching the Philipsburg-Osceola marching band pass by.
The fire trucks from Hope and Reliance companies still rolled up the street, although some other floats and groups couldn’t participate inthe weather for safety reasons.
Ava Walstrom didn’t care. The 5-year-old had her eyes on the prize.
“Yes, yes, yes! Santa!” She said. The big guy in red, who never misses Philipsburg’s festivities had to find out about a certain Lalaloopsy doll that just has to be under the tree Christmas morning.
Philipsburg Main Street Manager Dana Shoemaker may have lamented the weather but she was happy to see people participating in downtown events despite the rain.
“That’s why we are here, to bring people to Front Street,” she said.
Other groups got involved, sharing in the holiday spirit and its fundraising opportunities.
Shoemaker said the AMVETS took the chance to do a bake sale, while at the John Weaver Performing Arts Center, the P-O Music Boosters were filling red and blue boxes with sweet seasonal treats in their cookie walk.
“People are really starting to get the idea that if we all work together, everybody benefits,” Shoemaker said.