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Community enjoys Merrysville for the Holidays


Christopher Andersson

The Marysville Rotary Train drives down State Avenue in the Electric Lights Parade on Dec. 3.

The City of Marysville kicked off their holiday season with the 28th annual Merrysville for the Holidays with hundreds of community members gathered around Comeford Park on Dec. 3.

The downtown Marysville park was the center of the lighting of the water tower, live music, pictures with Santa, the Electric Lights Parade down State Avenue and other holiday activities.

Christopher Andersson

Kaysie Collins, left, Makenzie Bornheimer, center, and Shane Collins have their picture taken with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at Merrysville for the Holidays on Dec. 3.

This year's event featured the most attendance the event has ever had, according to Jim Ballew, director of the Parks, Culture and Recreation Department at the City of Marysville.

Some estimates had around twice the average attendance, Ballew said.

"It's just a good turnout, and it didn't rain," he said. The rain only started at the end of the event.

Merrysville for the Holidays is the city's way to begin festivities for the holiday season.

"It's a great way to start the holidays," said Ballew.

Some families make it a tradition to come to the downtown area to enjoy the event.

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