2011 WinterFest Recap

The community celebrated WinterFest on November 26 as a kick-off for the holiday season.  Several events and activities occurred throughout the day including the Toys for Tots Alumni Basketball Tournament at Ord High School.  Proceeds from the tournament provided resources for Make Christmas Happen, a local charity that provides Christmas gifts for needy children in the area.  A Soup Lunch and Festival of Wreaths Silent Auction were also held at the high school.  The free will donation from the soup lunch and Festival of Wreaths silent auction provided a total of over $340 which will benefit the Ord Area Food Pantry and Make Christmas Happen.

A hungry crowd at the Soup Lunch at Ord High School.

During the day, Santa made an appearance at the Ord Township Library, free horse and carriage rides were given in downtown Ord, and the Valley Rods car club provided refreshments in their renovated building downtown. 

The celebration concluded with the WinterFest Parade.  Over twenty-five businesses and organizations participated in the parade by decorating floats or company vehicles.  Many spectators were out to catch candy during the parade while others enjoyed the comfort of their warm vehicles while listening to the live broadcast on KNLV Radio as the floats drove by. 

The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the volunteers, businesses, organizations, and community members for making WinterFest a success.  Be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Soup Suppers, Ord Area Option drawings, and Festival of Wreaths Silent Auctions, all beginning at 5:00 pm on December 8, 15, and 22 at the Ord Fire Hall. 

Spectators at the WinterFest Parade in Downtown Ord

Several local retail businesses will be extending their store hours every Thursday in December until Christmas as a convenience for their customers during the holiday shopping season.  These Chamber businesses include Anderson Pharmacy & Hallmark Gold Crown Store, Diamond’s Too Jewelry & Gifts, Valley Fire Pottery, Dorsey Eyecare, Professional Eyecare, Alco, Sports Shed, Misko Sports, Ord Grocery Kart, Scott’s TV, Second Hand Rose, Cheveux Salon, and Creative Designs.  Details on their extended store hours and in-store specials will be available on and on the Ord, Nebraska Facebook page.  Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (308) 728-7875 with any questions regarding the upcoming Christmas promotions.

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