Shining a light on tradition

SIBLEY, Iowa -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. With this week's weather, it isn't just a line in a song. In Sibley, businesses and groups are preparing for the week leading up to Saturday's Traditions of Christmas celebrations throu...

SIBLEY, Iowa - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. With this week’s weather, it isn’t just a line in a song. In Sibley, businesses and groups are preparing for the week leading up to Saturday’s Traditions of Christmas celebrations throughout the city. 

Sheryl Peters, executive director of the Sibley Chamber of Commerce, shared that an ornament hunt will start off the celebration today and run through Saturday’s main event. Peters said entry forms for the contest may be picked up at any of the three local banks in Sibley: Sibley State Bank, Melvin Savings Bank and U.S. Bank or at the Sibley Chamber of Commerce office.

Across the city, approximately 52 ornaments will be hidden at local participating businesses. Contestants will need to go to the business and have their form initialed after finding the ornament, Peters said.
“We have 10 nice prizes,” Peters explained. “When (contestants) go to find their ornament, they only need to find five to be able to enter. For every five (ornaments) they get an entry.”
Completed forms need to be returned to Jurgens Home Improvement between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Christmas tree forest has migrated back downtown. In recent years, area businesses and organizations have displayed their Christmas trees at the Osceola County Courthouse. Peters said this year, each participating business will have a tree displayed in their own building versus a group display.
The Sibley-Ocheyedan Choir Boosters Tour of Homes will feature three homes and the newly opened AmericInn Hotel and Suites. The homes of Ron and Alyssa Prins, Arturo Gonzalez and Gloria Torres and Dave and Mary Ann Jungers are on the tour this year. Peters noted tickets for the tour may be purchased at any stop on the tour or from the three local banks. Funds raised on the tour will benefit the Sibley-Ocheyedan Choir.
Another fundraising event during the day will benefit the Osceola Recreational Trails Association. The committee will serve a meal at AmericInn to raise money for the trail system. The meal will include a hot sandwich with chips, pickle, cookie and water. All funds will go toward reaching the group’s matching funds needed for a $50,000 grant.

Schedule of Events
8 a.m.- 1p.m.: Team Trinity “Gift and Bake Sale” at Trinity Lutheran Church
9-11 a.m.: Breakfast with Santa at Pizza Ranch
10-11 a.m.: Stories from the North Pole with “Glitzy the Elf” and Craft at Sibley Public Library
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Sibley-Ocheyedan Choir Boosters Tour of Homes
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Otter Valley Railroad Display at the Osceola County Fairgrounds
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Timeshapes Open House at 235 Ninth St.
11 a.m. -1 p.m.: Osceola Recreational Trails Association Meal at AmericInn
1:30 p.m.: Free Saturday Matinee “Jingle All the Way” at Max Theatres
6:30 p.m.: Sibley-Ocheyedan Vocal Music’s Madrigal Dinner at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School

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