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Be Merry on Maine this Saturday in Eads: Santa Claus will Arrive on the Train!

By Betsy Barnett

November 30, 2022

It started in 2020 during the COVID pandemic when there wasn’t much “Joy to the World” and so some enterprising community people got together and decided to have a Christmas festival that would hopefully bring back some of the old joy that they had experienced prior to everything changing.

It continued on last year and now the Merry on Maine holiday kick-off event in Eads looks to be a staple as the community adds another fun event to their annual calendar.

Merry on Maine will be held on Maine Street in Eads this Saturday, December 3 with an array of activities located on Maine Street between 13th Street and 14th Street. The following is your guide to what you will be able to see and do at this joyous holiday kick-off event:


Food vendors open for business—Mexican Food and American Grill will be on the menu.

Beer Garden & Holiday Drinks open for business—Located on Maine Street just south of Plains Theater. Holiday drink concoctions will be on the menu along with some usual fare.

1:00 PM

Santa Claus is coming to town on a big blue Colorado Pacific railroad locomotive. He’s bringing his bag filled with goodies and will meet with each and every child who is present. Photos with Santa will be taken and posted to the Merry on Maine Facebook page for parents and grandparents to enjoy.

Kids Zone will open and be located at the City Park along 14th Street and onto Maine Street in front of the Horseshoe Park. There will be a lot of activities and games for all ages including the County’s blow-up toys, craft tables, a face painter, basketball, boardball, pickle ball, and fun scavenger hunts and other games. We’re hearing that the Grinch Who Stole Christmas may be lurking around so everyone stay vigilant!

Letters to Santa can be written at the Kids Zone from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Make sure the child’s name and address is on the letter. All participating children will receive a letter back from Santa Claus. After the Merry on Maine event, the Santa Letters Mailbox will be located outside of the Maine Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe/Plains Theater on Maine Street in Eads. The letters will be “mailed” on December 17 to give Santa enough time to write to each and every child.

Old-Fashioned Carriage Rides will be given at the south end of Merry on Maine near the Kids Zone from 1:00-5:00 pm.

Smores – Make your own yummy Smores with the ladies from The Table from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

House Decorating Sign Up – the Eads Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this year’s House Decorating Contest. Sign up at the FBLA silent auction table that will be located in front of the Kiowa County Independent office building during Merry on Maine. There’s no fee to enter. Decorate your house in any way you see fit or consider incorporating a Train Theme with winning payouts coming from CWC Rail. The winning prizes for each category includes 1st Place–$100; 2nd Place–$75; and 3rd Place–$50. If you don’t get entered into the contest at Merry on Maine, then contact FBLA sponsor Denise Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get signed up. The contest will be judged on December 18th and winners announced on Facebook and in the Kiowa County Independent in the December 21st edition.

Vendors Sidewalk Sales on Maine Street between 13th and 14th Streets. NO CHARGE to any vendor as the Merry on Maine committee wants all the community to benefit from the event if they can. So far, we have a number of vendors who will be selling their items or services. If you would like to get involved as a vendor call Betsy Barnett at 719-940-0799 and she’ll give you the lowdown on how to get out on the sidewalk and take part in the fun!

2:00 PM

Cornhole Tournament(s) in the middle of Maine Street. Get there early to make sure you are included.

5:00 PM

Talent Show at the Plains Theater in Eads – FREE to the public. Come in out of the chill and enjoy the many entertaining acts from area children and adults. This is a fun, relaxed event that will stir your Holiday Heart into a Heap of Happiness. Plan for the show to go about an hour and half or a bit longer.

7:00 PM

Gather at the Community Christmas Tree located at the intersection of Maine Street and 14th Street – at the west edge of the City Park—and enjoy a prayer for the community, caroling and the lighting of the community Christmas Tree.

7:30 PM

Parade of Lights – Line up along 14th Street at the intersection of Goff Street on the south side of the Courthouse. Our most electrifying Karl Eikenberg will lead the Parade around town making sure to first go by the Prairie Pines Assisted Living facility and the Nursing Home facility. Look for the sites and sounds of a beautiful start to the Christmas season as it comes rolling down your street.

The organizers of Merry on Maine encourage everyone to get involved. Set up a vendor booth (no charge), play some cornhole, show off your talents at the Talent Show (no charge), and shine your own light at the Parade of Lights.

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