Despite weather, Christkindlmarket goes on!

by Lynn Colburn

Photos by Lynn Colburn, Sara Gray and ElCrow

Jacksonville Main Street Christkindlmarket was cancelled for the evening of Friday, December 10 due to strong winds and thunderstorms throughout the Morgan County and the surrounding area.

However, some people still braved the Friday evening weather to shop at downtown stores. Shopping included a visit to Hugo Kringle, Santa’s esteemed brother, who played the dulcimer at Just Good Trade Friday night. A few stores closed, but customers were seen shopping at Green Haven Co., Our Town Books and more.

On Saturday, December 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Christkindlmarket was relocated to McClelland Dining Hall, thanks to Michael Hayes who hosted the event at the last minute due to early wind issues. Local vendors set up booths including a raffle and face painting table. Hugo Kringle played the dulcimer and banjo at McClelland Dining Hall and later for his annual Christmas visit at Our Town Books, 64 E. South Park Plz., from 1-3 p.m.

The Farmers State Bank and Trust Company sponsored the hot cocoa for this year’s Christkindlmarket, which was a great hit! Carriage rides took place, leaving from McClelland Dining Hall as well.

Jacksonville Main Street said the event would not have been possible without the many sponsors and businesses that supported the event.

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