By Shannon Johnson
McClain Park in Baker was lit up with the magic of Christmas on Saturday, November 23 as the City of Baker held the Lighting of the Park.
Fallon County residents gathered together to get into the spirit of the season. The time was spent wandering the illuminated park and enjoying Christmas music sung by the Community Choir. In between enjoying hot chocolate served by the Boy Scouts and going on a Christmas wagon ride, kids kept entertained by playing in the park.
On the way to get hot chocolate, people passed through the Clayton Hornung Memorial Bridge, decorated with Christmas cheer. On the other side of the bridge, people were kept warm by a barrel fire and warm refreshments as they laughed and exchanged stories.
If you kept your eyes peeled, you could even see one of Santa’s little elves scurrying about collecting wishful letters to deliver back to Santa.
Mayor JoDee Pratt, who helped to spearhead this event, was thrilled with the turnout, “I was so happy,” she gushed. Mayor Pratt intends to keep this tradition alive in Baker, although she hopes that as the community members settle into the tradition, more businesses, organizations, and individuals will take part in decorating the park, lighting it up a little brighter each and every year with holiday spirit.