Eudora gets lit
City turns on new holiday decorations
Downtown Eudora was eerily dark Sunday night until about 6 p.m. Then the street was illuminated with candy canes, snowflakes, candles and other reminders of the holiday season.
Mayor Ron Conner got some help from seventh-grader Ryan Penn-ington to count down turning on the lights from Eudora City Hall.
"We've had city crews putting in a lot of work so we can have a seamless program here tonight," he said to a crowd gathered in front of City Hall.
Conner also commended the work the city clerk's office put into making the lighting ceremony a full event that included music, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus, who bore a striking resemblance to City Council member Rex Burkhardt. Santa arrived not on a sleigh pulled by reindeer but rather on the city's new fire truck.
Carolers sang traditional holiday songs, and the hand bell choir from the Eudora United Methodist Church performed.
The decorations illuminated Sunday night included a border of candy canes and conifers, a reindeer scene, and lights outlining the roof at City Hall. Along Main Street downtown, winter and holiday symbols like candles and snowflakes share lampposts with Eudora banners, and a green garland and wreath with candles stretches across the Ninth Street intersection.
The city's new holiday decorations were made possible with contributions from both the city and the Eudora Chamber of Commerce.
"When you see them, they're really pretty," Council member Tom Pyle told Sunday's visitors. "We're really proud of them."