Dazzle Fest 2019 turned out to be more drizzle than dazzle this year. With freezing wind chills and precipitation alternating between misty and miserable, parade participants and spectators found the event to be a bit more challenging than usual.
The Miss Merry Christmas and Little St. Nick contest went as scheduled with the young contenders shivering under the courthouse gazebo as they waited for the crowning of the winners. Each of the five boys and girls received a nice bag of goodies at the end of the ceremony.
Parade goers appreciated each business that opened its doors during the Dazzle Fest providing warmth and something to eat. Christmas cookies and treats, roasted peanuts, popcorn, cookie dough, beef burgers, hot cocoa and wassail were enjoyed by young and old alike.
Before the parade began and in between downpours, spectators also took time to view the creative live window displays around the square as well as those just beautifully decorated for Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus had to take shelter under an umbrella in their sleigh but were still available for photo opportunities next to a lovely display of wreaths and greenery from Hunter Brothers Tree Farm.
In front of The Connecticut Yankee Pedaller bicycle shop, a good group of carolers from Grace Baptist Church in Chariton filled that area of the square with the music of traditional Christmas carols.
Read the December 3, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.