Le Roy’s Winterfest is Saturday, and fear not — one of the most anticipated guests is definitely on the way.
And it isn’t Santa Claus (although he’s coming to town, too).
We’re talking about the Community Christmas Tree, which has graced the former Wiss Hotel site at Main and Lake streets every season since Lathan Tree Service donated it in 2013.
The 30-foot-tall artificial tree will be in place by Thursday — Friday at the latest, said Carrie Lathan, whose husband Andrew owns the business.
“This year we’re kind of cutting it close,” Lathan said Monday. “But don’t worry, we’ll have it up on time.”
Winterfest will feature a host of activities and events for all ages beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Community Christmas Tree Lighting will conclude festivities at 6 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Le Roy Business Council, and numerous businesses and organizations will offer sales, specials and open houses.
A highlight is Santa himself, who will visit with children at the Moose Family Center, 21 Bank St., beginning at 1 p.m.
A “Santa’s Cutest Elf” contest is slated for 12:30 p.m., also at the Moose Family Center.
Other scheduled events include:
— Face painting, coloring and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 48 Main St.; and an inflatable obstacle course from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fire Hall, 3 W. Main St.
— A “create a craft” station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 7 Clay St.
— Numerous activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott St. Crafts include paper snow globes, bowtie pasta wreaths, and wreath and candy-cane bead ornaments. Children may also decorate a sugar cookie and watch the holiday movie favorite “Elf,” which will play on a loop.
— A basket raffle and pie sale from 10 a.m. until sold out at United Methodist Church, 10 Trigon Park.
— The Community Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Moose Family Center, 21 Bank St. Non-perishable items (including canned goods, toiletries, diapers, winter clothing and back-to-school supplies) are being collected for donation to the Le Roy Pantry & Help Fund, LCCP Backpack Program and the Back to School Supply Program.
— A chocolate candy sale by the Olive Branch Women from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 12 Bank St.
— A Boy Scout fresh wreath sale from 10 a.m. until sold out on Main Street near the Bank of Castile.
— The “Jinglin All The Way” 5K/10K run/walk, which begins at 3 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge on Bank Street and follows a course through the village. Registration is $20 plus a new, unwrapped toy or $15 gift card. Proceeds benefit the Le Roy Food Pantry. Also, every donated canned good or nonperishable food item will earn a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. For more information and a list of needed items visit tritheoatka.com.
For more information and updates, visit Le Roy’s Annual Winterfest Page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/LRWinterfest/
Businesses and families are once again welcome to provide ornaments for the Community Christmas Tree. They should be at least 6 inches tall, and can be dropped off at Town Hall by Thursday.
“The only specification we give is that they’re durable, because they’ll be outside,” Lathan said.
Ornaments will be zip-tied to the tree, and will stay on the branches year-round. But anyone who would like their ornament returned at the end of the season, can call Lathan Tree Service at (585) 768-2278 to make arrangements.