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Christmas in the Country

Nov 16, 2010

News Items from Joan Johnson of Tampico - e-mail - garyjoan@thewisp.net phone 815-622-8705

Tampico is gearing up for the upcoming Christmas Holidays. Saturday, Dec. 4, is the official start of Christmas in the Country. The annual “Royalty Contest” will be held at 4 PM at the Gazebo located on the corner of Main and Market. Royalty members are chosen from students in Tampico Elementary School. King & Queen are chosen from the Third, Fourth or Fifth grades and Kindergarten, First and Second graders are eligible to become Prince and Princess.

The reigning royalty (Trenton Burgess, Hailey Mickelson, Aidan & Macaira Brown) will draw the names of the winners. The new Royalty will then light the Main Street and Gazebo Christmas trees. As soon as the lights go on, Santa will arrive to visit with the boys and girls and learn of their Xmas wishes. Everyone is welcome to the Ambulance Building to visit with Santa and have hot cocoa and cookies. Caboose rides around Tampico to view the many home light displays will be available for families.

The House Lighting contest will be judged the week of Dec. 19th. Judges of the contest are the winners from 2009 – Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Morath, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Specht & Mr. & Mrs. Ed Morgan. Lighting contest winners receive a monetary gift and plaque, compliments of Tampico's Xmas in the Country Committee and the Village of Tampico.

The Xmas in the Country Committee and Tampico Lions Club/Historical Society will have floats in the Rock Falls Hometown Holidays Parade, as well as the Prophetstown Lighted Xmas Parade.

Gary Johnson of rural Tampico is once again putting his large Christmas display together. The farm, located at 1720 Matznick Road, southwest of Tampico, features many lighted displays, including over 20 illuminated toy soldiers, 2 nativity sets and several Santas and a wooden train. Thanksgiving night will be the first time to view the drive thru display. Lights will be on from dusk until 10 PM every night until New Years, unless the weather is bad.

Anyone wishing more information is asked to contact Joan Johnson @ 815-622-8705.

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