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Lindsborg to hold Snowflake Saturday in different format

Jean Kozubowski
Special to The Salina Journal

LINDSBORG — With the coronavirus pandemic turning everything on its head, organizers of Lindsborg’s Snowflake Saturday have turned the event inside-out.

But Santa Claus is still coming (safely) to town Saturday.

Carla Wilson, one of the organizers, said Snowflake Saturday is geared toward children and families, and the committee wanted to come up with a way to celebrate safely.

There will be no Snowflake parade this year because of COVID-19, but people are encouraged to decorate their vehicles or dress up in holiday costumes as if they were in a deconstructed parade and cruise the streets.

Instead of make-and-take ornaments, “we are reversing that to do take-and-make,” Wilson said.

Participants will pick up a handmade cloth bag at the Ivory Thimble with a list of the nine merchants offering the kits in their stores. Children of any age can make such ornaments as kråmmerhus, a Swedish-style basket, or snowflakes.

Santa Claus will listen to wish lists in a booth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 100 block of N. Main Street. Even though children will not be able to whisper their hoped-for gifts from his lap, it will still be a nice photo opportunity, Wilson said.

The Snowflake king and queen will greet their subjects from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. across the street from Santa.

King Keegan Gerbrandt is in second grade and queen Sophie Schlautman is in first grade at Soderstrom Elementary School.

The royals think alike when asked what one thing they would change if they could. “Get rid of coronavirus,” Keegan said. “No coronavirus,” Sophie said.

For more grown-up activities, a scaled-down Artists Studio Open House tour will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Fewer artists will be participating this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Wilson said. Maps will be available at the Red Barn Studio, 212 S. Main, and at artists’ studios, marked by “open house” signs.

In the spirit of the season, a couple of retailers are offering themed contests.

Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters is collecting homemade snowflakes to display in the store. On Saturday afternoon, the names of one child and one adult snowflake artist will be chosen in a drawing as the winner.

Hairymalairys is sponsoring the third annual Christmas Cruiser contest. The vehicle that receives the most votes by Dec. 23 will win cash.