UNION CITY, IND. — Larry Amspaugh loves Christmas.
“People don’t understand the meaning of Christmas,” he said
Which is why he started and became president of “A Community Christmas” 11 years ago. It has become a family tradition, hosting about 4,000 cars a year. Opening night took place November 25, at Harter Park, in Union City, Indiana.
Activities began at 5 p.m., including Christmas caroling, led by “Play It By Ear” Barbershop Quartet and a much-needed bonfire to cut the chill. People enjoyed hot chocolate, cider and cookies. At 5:30 p.m., Union City, Indiana and Ohio, Police and Fire Departments escorted Santa and Mrs. Claus from Marsh Supermarket on E. Elm Street to Harter Park. Upon their 6 p.m. arrival the light display became live.
Preparation for the event is no easy task. According to Amspaugh, the non-profit event utilizes more than 5 million lights and about 20 volunteers. The work to set up begins in September and the take – down lasts through June. It is completely dependent on donations.
Betsy Wade, of Union City, has made “A Community Christmas” her family tradition. She has brought her seven children the last few years.
“I like the kids’ reactions when they see Santa Claus,” she said. “It’s their first time for the bonfire.”
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