Holiday activities abound in Mayville on Saturday
MAYVILLE — Main Street Mayville will ring in the holiday season Saturday with “It’s a Wonderful Life on Main.”
Main Street Mayville Manager Trina Justman Reichert said the downtown will bustle with various activities to entertain people of all ages from morning until night.
The day starts out with the Mayville Ladies Legion Auxiliary holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion, 134 S. Main St.
During that same time at the Legion, the Lions Club will assemble care packages for veterans. Anyone who wishes to help is welcome to join in. Donations of hygiene items, granola bars, powered drink mixes and the like will be accepted.
The sidewalk chili contest will fill the air with a scrumptious aroma. To enter the contest, pre-register by calling Main Street Mayville at 387-1167. The contest is open to everyone and there is no fee. All ingredients must be prepped, prepared and cooked on Main Street and cooks must provide their own tables, cookware and food. Setup may begin at 8 a.m. The judging will take place at 4 p.m.
After judging, a bowl of chili may be purchased for $1 with proceeds being donated to Main Street Mayville Inc. The winner of the cook-off receives “Main Street money” to be used at local businesses.
Free fun for the kids will be found just about everywhere they turn. There will be face painting by Rock Face Paint from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Edge Salon & Spa, 101 N. Main St.; a movie shown at Gateway Community Church, 16 S. Main St., from 1 to 4 p.m.; and an opportunity to write letters to Santa at the Open Door Coffeehouse, 119 S. Main St., from 2 to 4 p.m.
“We have wonderful businesses that sponsor this event so everyone has a chance to enjoy our city with friends and neighbors,” said Justman Reichert.
Children can pose for a caricature at the Mayville Chiropractic Center, 1 S. Main St., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The center also will be the site to meet and greet some of their favorite characters from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Holiday pop-up shops featuring handmade gifts and vendor sales will be located inside the Audubon Inn, 45 N. Main St., from noon until 4 p.m.
Vocalists from Mayville High School will perform at 2:30 p.m. at the inn’s restaurant, NOLA North Grille. Following the vocal performance, the students will carol downtown.
From 3 to 5 p.m., sidewalk fire and s’mores can be enjoyed on South Main Street; children can play games and visit with Santa at the Ruedebusch Beauty Boutique, 119 S. Main St.; and folks at the coffeehouse will be entertained by the sounds of the Smooth Groove Band.
The festivities conclude with a parade at 5 p.m. that travels from North Main Street to Foster Park. Holiday decorations in the park are provided by the nonprofit Festival of the Lights, a volunteer group of citizens who have lit up the city for the past 20 years.
Justman Reichert said there will be no fireworks in the park following the parade this year.
“The pyrotechnics professionals feel with the wind and rain predictions it is not safe to light off the fireworks,” she said. “However, we have many, many other things to do inside and outside that people’s holiday spirit will still be lifted if they come.”