Have yourself a merry little Christmas in July
ADRIAN — Adrian’s Christmas in July celebration, slated for Friday and Saturday, may be missing the snow but will include all the Christmas cheer — with a twist. The theme for this year’s celebration is a “Western Christmas.”
The third annual Ribs and Rims fundraiser will kick off the festivities Friday evening, starting at 5:30 p.m. and going until the ribs are gone. With 550 pounds of ribs, everyone who attends will have plenty to eat.
“The Rims and Ribs fundraiser has been a big hit since the first year it started,” said Kayla Cox, co-president of Adrian Town & Country Association. “Every year that we have had this, the ribs have ran out every time, so it’s definitely a big highlight of the celebration.”
An interesting part of the Christmas in July festival is the Theory of the Big Bang scheduled from 8 to 9 p.m.
“Basically, we take an old junk vehicle and run it until it explodes,” Cox said. “Attendees donate money to participate and take guesses at how long it will run before it blows up. For example, if someone thinks it will blow up within zero to three minutes, then that time slot goes in a jar, and if it blows up within that time slot, then we draw a winner who gets half the pot of money.”
Also notable during the celebration is the Magic Christmas Show — a first for the festival.
“That show is more geared toward the kids and is at the elementary school,” Cox said.
The celebration concludes with the big parade down on Maine Street.
“We have a lot of fun events going on,” Cox said. “It’s definitely different than other town celebrations.”
Here is the complete schedule of events:
5:30 p.m.: Rims and Ribs
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Kids games
8 to 9 p.m.: Theory of the Big Bang
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Eclipse
8 a.m.: Run/Walk
8:45 a.m.: Kids ½ mile, registration at the gazebo near the campground
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kickball tournament at the baseball diamond behind Kum & Go and sand volleyball tournament in the campground
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Food stand at the fire hall
1 to 4 p.m.: Craft fair at the elementary school
2 to 3 p.m.: Magic Christmas Show at Adrian Elementary School
7 p.m.: Parade down Maine Street; duck race will immediately follow the parade at the fire hall
All events are located on Maine Street behind Adrian City Hall unless otherwise noted.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.