Tim Stroleny, city council member, announced Santa’s every move.
“All right kids, Santa just pulled into the fire station, he is on his way!”.Stroleny said.
The children yelled with excitement.
Before Santa arrived, Mrs. Ann’s Kinder Care gave a performance, singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas” and “Jingle Bells,” as family members snapped photos of their little ones.
The TR Rotary Club had fajita tacos for sale. Rotary Club members, Dr. Cary Pruski, Don Christiansen and John Roberts prepared the meat. Rotary president Harry Schulz III, Geraldine Retzloff, Jerry Retzloff and Connie Pruski and a few other Rotary Club volunteers helped run the booth.
Mayor James Liska came with his daughter, two year-old Heidi, in his arms and wished a Merry Christmas to all and thanked everyone for coming. Liska announced the lighting of the square and gave honors to Randy Davis, a resident who put the new light show together based on his popular residential light show. Davis flipped the switch, and TR city square came to life. Stroleny tuned the radio to 88.9, and everyone watched as the lights danced to the music. There were singing trees and a fire truck covered in lights.
“Randy did an amazing job,” one onlooker said.
The decorations and lights around Montgomery Square were set up by Mike Pierson, a volunteer and member of the Chamber of Commerce, with community service help from Three Rivers Federal Prison inmates.
A space on the side of city hall, along Alexander Street, was reserved for Davis to set up the light show. The Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event every year. The chamber’s executive director, Murrell Foster, oversees and makes sure the event runs smoothly.
Later, the fire truck blared its horn, and the children began to cheer.
Santa arrived waving from atop a Three Rivers fire truck with his sack full of candy.
Santa sat in front of the First State Bank of Three Rivers with his wife, Mrs. Claus, and listened to all of the children’s wish lists, kicking off the Christmas season.