A large crowd of adults and children gathered downtown at the Main Street Plaza for Thursday evening’s Snowball Drop.
Santa Claus himself climbed in a bucket lift, after which he was elevated high above the crowd.
Between waving to the crowd and “Ho-ho-ho-ing,” Santa tossed “snowballs” in the form of numbered ping pong balls down to the crowd.
The numbers on the balls correspond to various gifts, products and services donated by various businesses along McPherson’s
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McPherson Main Street Executive Director Ann Engel said she was very pleased with the event.
“It’s been very good,” Engel said. “A little chaotic, but very good. We had a nice crowd, definitely bigger than last year.”
Throughout the event a choir from Central Christian College, directed by Central Christian Choir Director Tiffany Harms, sang Christmas carols.
“I thought it was very exciting,” Harms said. “This is my first year here, and it’s great to see the community come together like this.”
Glenda Sims, who had come with her two and a half year old grandson Trey Fieldler, said it was lots of fun.
“My grandson Trey enjoyed it,” Sims said. “Last year he was scared of Santa, and this year he ran right up to him.”
Trey, along with other children, took the opportunity to have a visit with Ol’ Saint Nick after he had come down from the lift. At the mention of Santa, the little boy smiled and his eyes lit up.
“Santa was up high,” Trey said, “and he waved at me.”