Letter to the Editor

Letter: Christmas parade, events were success

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dear Editors:

Historic Downtown Sikeston would like to thank all the people involved in the Christmas Parade, “Dashing Through Downtown.”

Abbi Lindsey and Courtney Haugh, along with several volunteers, did a fantastic job in organizing the event. It has in a very short time, become one of Historic Downtown’s best events. Thank you also to all the folks involved in the creation of the floats. A lot of hard work and planning went into the construction of the floats. We had several hundred folks brave the cold to enjoy the parade, as well as Santa’s Village in the park. The city Public Works and Parks departments built the village completely from scratch. It’s a tribute to their ingenuity and talent. Each year they add new buildings to the village. If you haven’t seen it, it is worth a trip to Legion Park.

If you as a patron enjoy the parade, we would like you to consider donating to Historic Downtown Sikeston. You can go online to our website, www.downtownsikeston.org, or facebook. Donations can also be sent to 215 N. New Madrid St. We would like to continue the parade, but it is costly to put on. If you enjoy it, consider becoming a member of Historic Downtown Sikeston.

This is my last letter to you in the capacity of executive director of HDS. I have enjoyed the last eight or so years in trying to improve and grow downtown Sikeston.

Coming soon will be the construction of the new fountain in American Legion Park honoring Bob Depro. It takes a lot of hard working folks to conduct all the events HDS provides. Consider being a volunteer for the wine festival, St. Patrick’s Day celebration or the Christmas parade.

I look forward to the continued growth of Historic Downtown Sikeston with new businesses moving to downtown.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the great help of the City, the Chamber and BMU in supporting our events and projects.

Remember to SHOP LOCAL. It’s your local merchants who create jobs, tax revenues, and donates to local charities and programs.

Lynn Lancaster,

executive director

Historic Downtown Sikeston