Autumn crisp air sets in with a promise of frost and an invitation to the bustling newly renovated downtown, full of winter festivities. Gillette’s Main Street board has packed this holiday season with events such as, Trick or Treat on Main Street, Boo Fest, the Winter Walk, the Parade of Lights, and the Ice Fest. This fall and winter promises downtown to be a treasure trove of entertainment for the whole family to make holiday memories.
Jessica Seders, the Gillette Main Street Executive Director, says the board works with members and volunteers to create inexpensive events that will support the growth of downtown. Their mission,
“Gillette Main Street provides economic and social opportunities by promoting and strengthening the viability and historic preservation of downtown Gillette.”
Every year committees are formed to collaborate with businesses to create public events in Gillette’s downtown area, and this coming chilly season is no exception. Seders says GMS is planning a great time full of inexpensive, fun events for the whole family that support the growth of downtown.
Kicking off the autumn season is the Boo Fest and Trick or Treat on Main Street production, which will be on October 31st. Participating local businesses will be handing out candy for the kiddos from noon to 6pm and coinciding with this year’s Trick or Treat is, Boo Fest. This new event will be from 12pm-6pm and will include a pet costume parade, pumpkin ring toss, pumpkin bowling, and corn-hole. It is fun games for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be a pumpkin pie contest which is open to entry by contacting Seders with the Gillette Main Street Association. The contest will be judged and awarded cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Pie not your thing? Well, there will also be a pumpkin carving contest for the more artistic folk. Local artists will put their best carving skills forward for a chance at cash prizes as well. Kids will also have a chance to express themselves with pumpkin painting. Refreshments such as apple cider and caramel apples will delight your taste buds as you journey through this fall downtown fantasy. And don’t forget to capture your Boo Fest experience at the photo booth. All events will occur along Gillette Main Street so come in costume and enjoy an afternoon full of downtown fall celebrations.
Button, button who’s got the button?! Gillette Main Street welcomes the Winter Walk beginning November 21 through December 5th. Purchase a button with a number at participating downtown businesses during this time and be included into store specials and prizes. The businesses that are involved will be selling holiday buttons beginning November 21st. On the 5th of December each business will post their winning button numbers and you can search to see if your button number won! The Winter Walk coincides with the Parade of Lights, an annual parade that takes place from 7th Street to 1st Street and boasts over 40 light up floats. The best of show receives a cash prize and bragging rights. There is a small entry fee and the only rule is, it has to light up. You can participate by contacting Jessica Seders with the GMS board (contact info below). Bring the whole family December 5th from 5pm to 7pm to light up your downtown holiday spirit.
Starting to get the winter blues, never fear Ice Fest is here! Free to the public, Ice Fest is an annual festival put on by a committee of the Gillette Main Street Association, with one goal, celebrating a downtown winter! Ice Fest is held February 20th, from noon to 4pm and includes the infamous Chowder Challenge, Ice Carving, and a silent auction for local art. Did someone say Chowder? Yes! Come sample the local best as they compete for cash prizes in claiming the best Chowder this side of the North Platte. Once you are warmed up by the delicious soup samplings, head out to watch the ice carving contest held in the new Main Street Square Plaza. Local artists will chip, saw and chisel out masterpieces from giant blocks of ice shipped in from South Dakota. Watch as they brave the elements to create one of a kind winter masterpieces. Want to take home a piece of art? You won’t want to miss the silent auction with local artists and vendors. There will be various levels of fine art that can be bid on and you will want to keep an eye on your bids as they snowball as the day progresses. From hearty soups to frosty sculptures and local talented artists, the Ice Fest promotes community warmth and gathering in from the frosty temperatures. Load up the family and friends to downtown Gillette Main Street to celebrate Ice Fest!
Go venture downtown to the Gillette Main Street for all the exciting and fun festivals this holiday season and stay frosty my friends!