CONRAD- While not quite delightful, the weather wasn't frightful for Conrad's annual holiday celebration. Though the music wafting through downtown town proclaimed, let it snow and the virtue of sleigh rides, most folks seemed content with Mother Nature's cooperation, and the overcast and drizzle did not dampen holiday spirits.
A full slate of holiday activities began at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast at the American Legion. Business was brisk throughout the morning as customers enjoyed a hearty breakfast, and shopped for holiday items made by the members of Scout Troop 107. In addition to a selection of wreaths and swags, the Scouts offered specially packaged "lumps of coal" for the misbehaved.
"It's our most popular item," said Troop member Michael Smith. "We sold out by 10:30 a.m."
T-R PHOTO BY CRAIG MOON
A nativity scene from the Czech Republic is seen on display, Saturday, at the Conrad United Methodist Church.
The Conrad Library hosted the popular Festival of Trees, and the Gingerbread House display. More than 25 Christmas Trees had been festively decorated by local residents for enjoyment of the community. BCLUW students and local businesses had tastefully constructed a beautiful selection of gingerbread houses, which were artistically displayed behind glass presumably to fend off predation from gingerbread lovers.
Celebrating her 93rd birthday, Neoma Freeburn said she enjoyed getting out with her family to see the displays.
"We could really use some snow for the crops next year, but I'm glad we didn't get any on my birthday," she said.
For the third consecutive year, the Conrad United Methodist Church hosted the Festival of Nativity.
"The scenes are all donated for display by the local community. Some scenes are returning favorites, and new ones are added each year," said Coordinator Becky Engleking.
A rich diversity was represented with some scenes coming from as far away as the Czech Republic.
Activities continued throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Some of those activities included ice sculpting at Grundy National Bank, the arrival of Santa Claus, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Dorothy King Memorial Park.
Well known for the "Black Dirt Days" celebration each June, Conrad has a strong sense of community, and warm holiday traditions representing the very best of small town living.