SOUTH FORK— South Fork Trustee Kris Steffen in partnership with other town residents have come together to form a committee dedicated to creating a new tradition in South Fork this coming holiday season. “We want to start a tradition here in South Fork, something we can look forward to for years to come and we are hoping that everyone will help us make it happen,” said Steffens. The committee has been named the Yuletide Committee and will be responsible for bringing an event to the area the day after Thanksgiving.
According to Steffens the committee has come together to create a winter wonderland at the visitor center, decorating it with lights and Christmas trees. “We want to have 20 aspens and 20 evergreens around the outside of the center to make a winter wonderland,” continued Steffens. The committee is also hoping that weather will cooperate in order for the ice rink to be frozen by then, so that visitors can come and enjoy an evening of ice-skating, Santa and warm treats served at town hall.
Steffens explained that plans include decorating the foray leading into the main part of the visitor center as Santa’s workshop, where visiting children can come and see the big man himself, while grabbing some skates for the rink outside. There will also be a flatbed trailer set up with a make shift stage for people to come and join in on some Christmas karaoke or group Christmas caroling. “We also want to pull the trailer around town afterwards with anyone who wants to participate to do some more caroling,” continued Steffens.
The lights that are going to be set up will be red, white and blue so that they can remain up year-round and be used during other events like the Third of July celebrations. Steffens also said that the committee is also working on forming a live nativity scene for everyone to enjoy while visiting.
Steffens explained that the committee is asking for the community of South Fork to pull together and help raise funds to make the winter wonderland possible. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by stopping by the town hall, visitor center or contacting either place by phone, 873-0152 or 873-5512.