KHMCC Hosts Second annual Christmas Lighting

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Published: Nov. 26, 2022 at 10:40 PM CST
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KENESAW, Neb. (KSNB) - With Thanksgiving is in the books and now it’s time to focus on Christmas, and the Kenesaw Heritage Museum Celebration Coalition did just that with hosting the second annual Kenesaw Christmas Lighting.

The event started to bring more Christmas spirit to the town. They even decorated the old bank building as apart of the celebration. They also have a 30 foot tree that was lit downtown.

“I think we just love like Christmas a lot and just like to see how much the whole community comes together and just see all the joy they have on their faces when we countdown, turn the lights on,” said McKinley Kross, Vice President of Kenesaw Heritage Museum Celebration Coalition.

“Yea its nothing like we do another event in this town in the summer,” said Liam Parker, President of Heritage Museum Celebration Coalition. “It’s just, I think this rubs on to us seeing all these people just smile.”

The planning of this event comes from Kroos and Parker’s love for the Kenesaw community. The idea started from seeing it was something the community was lacking.

“I grew up going to Minden and seeing Minden’s light and going to Hastings and seeing Hastings downtown lights,” said Parker. “I was like ‘I don’t see why we couldn’t do that.’ I think we had enough people pushing us to say ‘Let’s do it!’ Then the museum helped us push it. Then we decided to start our own coalition under the museum and now here we are I guess.”

The pair described the event as nothing short of a community effort.

“Everybody’s like always super willing to like ‘What do you need? Can I donate this?’, said Kroos. “Like most of this all like, all these threes have all been donated, everything in there (old bank). Trees have been donated, ornaments. Like everybody is just super willing to jump in and help or donate a ton without the donations we wouldn’t be able to do this.”

Kroos said they didn’t have money to start the event and when they asked for donations, the community responded.