Saturday, Dec. 7 was chilly but sunny, and many Galionites ventured outdoors for the annual Come Home to Galion activities. The Uptowne Square was busy with live music, free food provided by local churches and ice sculpting by Rock on Ice.
The Galion Public Library held an open house in conjunction with Come Home to Galion. People who visited could grab free cookies and punch, make holiday crafts and listen to stories from Spoken Images, a reading group from Ashland.
There were no entries this year for the library’s gingerbread house contest.
Christmas at the Cottage, another beloved Come Home event, was hosted by the Historical Society at Brownella Cottage and Grace Church. People could go on self-guided tours to appreciate the Christmas decorations, as well learn about the history of each site.
Also, Marcia Yunker held a book signing during the event for “Images of America: Galion,” which is an image history of the town that was just published. The copies sold quickly.
Yunker said it was an exciting day for her and the Society. “I’m really pleased with the turnout. I’ve gotten such a great response about the book already,” she commented while penning messages on the inside of the book cover for fans.
Copies of the book are available at the Historical Society’s office. Call 419-468-9338 for details.
Horse-drawn carriages were available all day, to take people between the library and Brownella.
Later that day, the Christmas Parade rolled through Harding Way with more than 40 floats (some floats were cars, tractors and horses). Bill Stepro was this year’s parade marshall.
During the parade, Santa Claus rode into town by carriage and then took his place at the Santa House (see box for upcoming hours).
Local businesses looked festive, thanks to students from Galion City Schools who decorated windows with Christmas-themed paintings.
15,000 votes were cast for this year’s window painting contest and winners were announced Saturday afternoon. First place went to McDonald’s, painted by Sari Conner, Abby Foust, Kaley Gimble and Zoe McNabb.
Second place was Wendy’s, painted by Katie Baughn, Gillian Miller, Julia Roderick and Kate Schieber. Third place was The Cracked Pot, painted by Danielle Schneider and Kanyen Seasly.
Come Home to Galion concluded with the tree lighting ceremony. First, winners of the coloring contest at Galion Primary School were announced: Bryson Butcher, Chloe Gayheart, Cooper Kent, Miranda Stone, Luke Tinnermeier and Bianca White.
They took the stage and their names were put into a hat to randomly select which lucky boy or girl would light the tree this year. Luke Tinnermeier was the lucky winner. All six students received prizes.